The Sacrament
The Sacrament (2014)

From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (Hostel), THE SACRAMENT follows two journalists as they set out to document their friend's journey to find his missing sister. They travel to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 19, 2014
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it may be a bit too slow for some, The Sacrament offers enough tense atmosphere and intriguing ideas to satisfy discerning horror buffs.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Sacrament may not be a good movie, but it has enough virtues - enough gripping, well-put-together moments - that it made me reconsider my opinion of West as a director.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Although this film is classified in the horror genre, it plays more like a suspenseful drama. This film shows that director Ti West has the potential to move beyond the horror genre, as so many other directors have done before him.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

The first half is a cautiously dread-inducing tour de force... The second half, however, when all hell breaks loose a little too quickly, is the disappointment.

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John Semley
Globe and Mail

The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliché of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unimaginative shocker.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Everything that happens is what you'd expect, and the choice of subject and the modifications West has made to the generic conventions don't add much to the suspense or thrills.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Shifts from the unnerving to the hollow after it becomes evident that Mr. West is more interested in showing how his characters die than how they lived.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

An overwhelmingly unoriginal thriller. "The Sacrament" borrows heavily, if not totally, from the 1978 Jonestown Massacre. But, it can't get the chills that even a bad documentary on Jonestown could give.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Ti West is usually a competent director but he shows in this sloppy and horribly edited movie that he doesn't seem to understand at all how the found… More
samii y
Ti West is one of the best horror directors today so I can't wait.
Mark Beckford
This is a disturbing movie, which for fans of edgy filmmaking, makes it a very interesting movie. It is not really a horror film. It should really say… More
Alec Barniskis
An unfortunate failure from West . . . yes it's an ambitious and sometimes frightening film, but it suffers from some really unconvincing performances and… More
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Daniel Parsons
Another slow burner of a horror film from Ti West, though this is more of a "horrific" horror film - it's not tinged with the supernatural like… More