El Topo
El Topo (1970)

A bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western, "El Topo" is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 18, 1970
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: By turns intoxicating and confounding, El Topo contains the creative multitudes that made writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky such a singular talent.

Ben Walters
Time Out

It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The movie's lure is sensual and unflagging; that's what makes it, for all its arty absurdity, the last great movie of the 1960s.

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Ángel S. Harguindey
El Pais (Spain)

[...] splendid cinematography, astonishing production design and an incredibly human story. [Full review in Spanish]

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The film is by turns comic and profound, hysterical and pompous, fully complex enough to deserve more than a simple yea or nay.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

This is gutbucket Luis Buñuel , surrealism on the cheap, and it hasn't dated well -- the blood is patently fake and the gunshots are dubbed.

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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

The element of violence... holds the kernels for inexhaustible analysis of the human condition that preceded the film, through the time the film captivated audiences, and even today.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A dreary, protracted exercise in sadomasochism.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

You may find it a tiresome, macho relic -- or a ragtag circus wandering through a fantasy realm part Treasure of the Sierra Madre, part Tolkien's Middle-earth.

Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

Forget about the cosmic significance: it is the work of a talented film-maker, and full of memorable scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Though always intriguing and making use of stunning visuals and an evocative atmosphere, this esoteric Western of religious references is still an unripe… More
Lucas Martins
An unique western classic full of surrealist, violence and symbols. El Topo is a mistical work that tells the redemption of a gunslinger that look for… More
Alex roy
Alejandro Jodorowsky crafts a stunning, visceral and action packed Western film that can actually be compared to some of the genres finest works. El Topo is a… More
Cassandra Maples
This was Alejandro Jodorowsky's first recognised cult movie in the early seventies. Shot in Mexico, El Topo (or the mole in English) is a gunslinger… More
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Bruce Bruce
This has to be the most F_-_ Up Movie I have ever seen, What I thought was going to be a spaghetti Western turned out to be anything but. Those that called this… More