El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)
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The great screen surrealist Luis Buñuel co-wrote and directed this dark, bitterly witty satire. A group of people in formal dress arrives at an elegantly appointed home for a dinner party. However, once dinner is over and the guests retire to the drawing room, they discover that the servants have gone away, and for some reason they cannot leave. There is no explanation why -- there are no locked doors or barred windows preventing them from going home -- but the guests are convinced that they're stranded. Left to their own devices, they slowly but gradually degenerate into genteel savagery,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"My feeling is that his canvas is too narrow and his social comment too plain to keep our interest fixed upon his people and their barren stewing for an hour and a half."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A wickedly designed, satirical and quite possibly dangerous work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of the master director's most concentrated and unambiguous works."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Though less popular than other works, this is one of Bunuel's most philosophically profound and eccentric films, bearing undeniably disturbing effects on the viewers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A deliciously sardonic black comedy in the best surrealistic tradition of auteur Luis Buñuel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Absurdity is relative; it requires a reality (or something less absurd) to be contrasted with."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Trained bears, sheep, and Bunuel's typical contempt for the church all mix to create a classic of cinema."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A blistering attack on social classes and conventions, The Exterminating Angel may be the best in a long line of Buñuel masterpieces."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"If not necessarily Buñuel's greatest film, this unclassifiable creation must count as one of the most twisted stunts ever mounted for the screen."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The comedy is as black as an 8 Ball."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Bunuel's ultimate cosmic joke against meaning itself"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"In typical fashion, Buñuel offers no explanation, but the way your head spins around this simple premise makes each scene more fun than the last."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Buñuel faz uma contundente crítica à burguesia através da sátira e do absurdo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"One of Luis Bunuel's masterworks, The Exterminating Angel is a brilliant surrealist allegory about a group of socialites who, inexplicably find themselves unable to leave their host's house, and gradually degenerate into violence and depravity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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