Begotten (1989)

Though technically and visually quite unusual, reviewers found this artsy black-and-white "mythodrama," which features repeated disembowelments, unappealing in the extreme. In the story, a god uses a knife to mutilate himself, and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Merhige's concentration, while impressive in its way, seems almost entirely self-contained, with little effort to engage an audience on even the level of myth; the film's approach is far too grotesque for that.

Rob Gonsalves

Plays too much like an earnest repertory-theater group going through various bizarro configurations.

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Phil Hall

Brilliant experimental feature, truly shocking and original.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If you're squeamish you should avoid this like the plague; others may find it hard to shake off the artistry and originality of this visionary effort. And if you're looking to be freaked out you shouldn't pass it up.

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Jeremy Heilman

A passion play that wavers between amateur-hour incompetence and an undeniable directorial vision.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This one is made for freaks and those who love strange films.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

I have said 'I have never seen anything like it' about other films, but it has never applied to something so entirely alien as this.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
God takes the shape of a woman and guts herself with a scalpel while breathing like Michael Myers then shits herself and we get to watch shit run down her leg… More
Eric Broome
At last, a film for people who found "Eraserhead" too commercial. This underground horror relic starts with a twitching God figure disemboweling… More
Greg S
God disembowels himself with a straight razor, among other metaphysical atrocities in this nearly narrativeless 70 minute experimental feature where each frame… More
Edward Stymest
It's not much, but damn does it leave a hell of an impression. An exercise in the power of images and an attempt to use dissonant sensations to create a… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A tedious pseudo intellectual experiment that would have worked better as a short film.
Francisco Godinho
A very interesting meditative movie shot only with two colours, black and white that requires a lot of patience to appreciate but is indeed unique and surreally… More