Nazarin (1958)

One of cinema's true innovators, Luis Buñuel takes a Spanish novel about a Don Quixote-like priest who is ridiculed for following the path of Christ, and brilliantly transposes it to turn-of-the-century Mexico. When he is defrocked for… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1958
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Renata Adler
New York Times

It is so grim that it lacks even the energy to present itself dramatically.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A very straightforward film for Buñuel.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

The most breathtaking cinematic cross-examination of faith I have ever seen… not content to ignore religion as a non-issue, or to take cheap shots at its practitioners.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Perhaps the most accomplished and difficult of Luis Buñuel's Mexican films.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

The surreal moments are relatively few in this wonderfully acted and underviewed masterpiece

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Fernando F. Croce

A film of inner and outer wounds

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is another fine example of Buñuel's powerful films made during his exile in Mexico.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

While the film itself remains a subtle attack on religious naivete, the director would never be as mindful of the possibilities of spiritual healing as he is here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
one of buñuel's greatest mexican films, or let's just say greatest films. far more compassion than i was expecting from the great cynic in a religious… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Only Buñuel's boundless brilliance and cynicism could achieve this mischievous, thought-provoking drama. A sad testament of what happens inside nearly all… More
Dimitris Springer
Dig up your hole Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa is waiting for you and her beloved prince-charming is standing aside!!!<br/>Act 5 over, Scene 5 over,… More