Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tour de force, a triumph by a director confronting almost impossible complications and contradictions and mastering them. It's very funny, all right, but remember: With Buñuel, you only laugh when it hurts."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The challenging lack of a narrative center doesn't prevent this film from having a great deal to say about the modern world and its ambivalent grasp of freedom."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"as illusory as a dream about a mailman and as real as the letter you find in your hand"
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"This heady masterwork isn't particularly easy to decipher, but it's best approached as the literal comedy of manners Buñuel intends it to be."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The physical production is stunning to look at. The cast is large, first-rate, but the presence that dazzles us is that of the Old Master, just off screen, mercilessly testing our senses of sanity and humor."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Bunuel's most uninhibited venture though audacious and satisfying my Bunuel pangs, lacks a bite or enough charm to appeal to the masses."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Phantom of Liberty moves with great confidence and comfort. Odd that such a wicked film should feel comfortable, but there you have it. That's Bunuel."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Second-tier Bunuel, sometimes on target but mostly ineffective."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Albeit scattershot, Phantom does cohere as a satire of keeping up appearances in which everything is as it appears."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"An uproarious summary of Luis Bunuel's surrealistic concerns in a collection of anecdotes starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Piccoli, and Monica Vitti."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's wild, angry and often very funny."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)