The Sacrament
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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 "Eden Parish," a self-sustained utopia. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as "Father." As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"What starts as a slow-burning and suspenseful story of religious fanaticism settles for a conventionally brutal resolution, with muddled social context and more narrative questions than answers."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Yet another found-footage thriller, this chilling horror film at least has some solid roots as a fictionalised version of real events."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Ti Wet takes the retro anxiety of 1978's Jonestown Massacre and slaps on a fresh coat of creepiness. Not that it needed much."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliché of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism."
‑ John Semley, Globe and Mail
"West is such an inventive, powerful filmmaker that he still manages to establish some interesting spaces, even with the clunky hand-held camerawork."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"The found footage format becomes cumbersome and feels disingenuous as cameras are diligently placed by those handling them even during dump-and-run moments."
‑ Tom Meek, Paste Magazine
"[Ti West's] skills are underutilized and the found footage aspect is as sloppy as in a 'Paranormal Activity' number."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"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."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Ti West's found-footage style horror film is a cut above the genre's norm, with an uncompromising, horrific, finale."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The Sacrament is a chilling film that looks at the darkest side of human nature and what is truly capable in the hands of evil people."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's an atmospheric film whose ominous score and straightforward plot -- channels the growing sense of dread."
‑ Mark H. Harris, About.com
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