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1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life - he's simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"Basque director Álex de la Iglesia's exotic, surreal, hilarious, bloody and utterly explosive grand opus."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"You're left with the vague recollection of an interesting movie you were watching before you got kidnapped and subjected to over an hour of torture porn starring a fat, sadistic clown."
‑ Una LaMarche, New York Observer
"If Tod Browning, Luis Buñuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pedro Almodóvar and Guillermo del Toro all dropped acid and compared notes, this film might be the result."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"a sensational surreal horror/comedy fairy tale co-written and directed by Basque auteur Alex de la Iglesia"
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"In much the same way Brian Wilson is said to have locked himself in his room after hearing Sgt. Pepper, every hack slasher-filmmaker in Hollywood should watch The Last Circus and call it quits."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"From the far-too-teeming brain of Spanish writer/director Alex de la Iglesia, The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"If you like your baroque sex and violence with a side dish of heavy-duty symbolism ... put "The Last Circus" on your must-see list right now."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"This strange film involving four clowns and an acrobat sounds like the setup for a joke, but it turns out not to be very funny."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Unhinged black comedy that serves, for better or worse, as a heavy-handed allegory of Franco's Spain."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's not a pretty picture, but it is a hellaciously gorgeous and original film."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"For those with a taste for the subversive and outrageous, run, don't walk."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Take Fellini, Tarantino and "Taxi Driver," throw 'em in a cage with a lion, and you'd get this strange, wild trip."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Quizás una forma - la mejor que encuentra el director, o la que mejor le sale - de decir que el franquismo era una comedia hilarante y una tragedia sanguinaria al mismo tiempo."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"All in all, it's a visual, aural and visceral kick in the ass."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"The Last Circus is simply amazing. It's the kind of titanic tour de force you don't see in today's cookie cutter cinema."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
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