Sátántangó (Satan's Tango)
Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994)

This seven-hour European epic takes place in an abandoned Hungarian farm machinery plant. There live a small band of hobos who will do anything they can to leave the place. A series of events occurs, but the story presents those events from… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Its seven-hour runtime warns off dabblers, the one-screening-a-day bulk defies profit motive, and its protagonists -- Tarr's "poor, ugly, sad, and damned people" -- deny expectations of pleasure. It is also, at times, funny as hell.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

In Sátántangó, life is beautiful and grotesque by turns, and never less than mesmerizing.

Jason Anderson
Artforum

It may sound absurd to say that a seven-hour movie has hardly a wasted moment -- as famously insisted by Susan Sontag -- but Tarr's minimalism has maximum impact, especially when the film's satiric nature becomes more prominent in the final hour.

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Derek Elley
Variety

The marathon Satan's Tango is a magnum opus to end all magna opera, a dark, funny, apocalyptic allegory of the Hungarian psyche that stimulates, irritates, soothes and startles with blinding strokes of genius in equal turn.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This startling, apocalyptic work is sometimes over-extended, but it builds to a powerful, rhythmic climax of breakdown and withdrawal.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Attention-grabbing from the first moments and unwilling to relinquish its grip for any part of its hypertrophic running time.

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Ed Halter
Village Voice

Critics have rightfully hailed Tarr as one of filmdom's criminally undersung geniuses.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

One of the great, largely unseeable movies of the last dozen years.

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Dan Jardine
Slant Magazine

The food is delicious...but the portions are SO LARGE!

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
yes it's worth seven hours of your life
Dimitris Springer
I can't describe it.It's an opus equivalent to what philosophy and opera really mean to anyone who's a fervent supporter of all types of arts.No… More
Cameron Johnson
"Hungry Hungry Hungarians" is probably something that I would say more shamelessly if this film was exciting as the drama bout famine that looks like… More
Lauren Donis
I actually watched this over a week, watching an hour a day. Some people have said this isn't the right way to watch it, but for me it was. I have trouble… More