The Holy Mountain
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not even Buñuel with a brainful of Woodstock's bad brown acid could have made something this gloriously screwy."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Jodorowsky loves to confront the viewer with endless brutality and grotesque decadence and degradation, but here he expresses it with a rich, densely visual imagination."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A rambling stream-of-consciousness quest that - in its final, self-conscious act - celebrates the primacy of the filmed image."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The Old and New Testament scrambled as a most sustained 'shroom hallucination, one sight at a time out of Alejandro Jodorowsky's bottomless tank"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Not the unsubtle 'what' he is saying in 'The Holy Mountain,' but the individualized 'how,' is filmmaker Jodorowsky's strength."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and exploitation."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Neither for the faint of heart or the linear of thinker, The Holy Mountain qualifies both as a fascinating period relic and an enduringly transfixing jaw-dropper."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"starts off with great promise but quickly descends into a kind of monotonous spiral of escalating pretension and wearisome shock tactics"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Jodorowsky's 1973 surreal fantasy is just too much to dig through."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Despite all its fanciful Buñuelesque surrealism and echoes of Tod Browning's Freaks, it's not that far removed from the pop-culture movies that surround it."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is an extraordinary visual concoction, loaded with stunning primary colors, anti-religious caricatures drawn from Diego Rivera and a succession of dreamlike, grotesque vistas worthy of Dalí at his most deranged."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Halfway through we're introduced to nine industrialists and politicians -- they narrate their heinous biographies in Godardian voiceover -- who embark up the title mountain to become immortal. Dude."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"So loaded with symbols and religious references that the frames of the films flash by as if Jodorowsky were shuffling a deck of his beloved tarot cards..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, free-floating archetypes and picaresque episodes, all packaged to disorient and confound us with its sheer exuberance, before finally bringing us right back to exactly who we are and what it is that we are seeing."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"So extreme in its sacrilege that it achieves a kind of sacredness, The Holy Mountain is a transcendental feast of the grotesque and the sublime."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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