Viridiana (1961)

After 25 years' exile, Luis Buñuel was invited to his native Spain to direct Viridiana -- only to have the Spanish government suppress the film on the grounds of blasphemy and obscenity. Regarded by many as Buñuel's crowning… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Whether Señor Buñuel means his picture as a reflection of all people or just the people of Spain is not clear nor, indeed, is it essential. It is an ugly, depressing view of life. And, to be frank about it, it is a little old-fashioned, too.

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Cole Smithey

Essential and unforgettable.

Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

One of Bunuel's most scathing attacks on Spanish society and religion.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Luis Buñuel returned to his native Spain to create this 1961 masterpiece, which marked his rebirth as a filmmaker of international repute.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Viridiana' probes deep into psychological earth; at the core, it's a despairing picture of the dark cavern of the human heart.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

ranks near the top of Bunuel's body of work

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An extraordinary cinematic treasure.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

See Viridiana, and all other movies will seem to be missing something from then on.

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Jay Antani

quintessential Bunuel

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Elvira B
Luis Bunuel uses the poor innocent Viridiana (the lovely Silvia Pinal) to make fun, or make a point, against Christian charity and traditional Christian values.… More
Stella Dallas
an amazing film, made in fascist spain by the fearless luis bunuel, it's a stunning indictment of not only the church but all of society. the story of a… More
Randy Tippy
"What a heavy burden God has laid on men! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A heartrending drama, but also a remorseless religious satire. Buñuel sets fire on every iberic-latinamerican taboo with his characteristic twisted humour.
Lanning : )
Maybe because I didn't see this when it first arrived on the scene, I have to say that nearly 50 years later, it actually strikes me as dated and, in many… More
Cindy I
Am I missing something. This is the 3rd supposedly great film that I've seen with an ambiguous ending that makes no sense. These films get all the… More