Savage Messiah
Savage Messiah (1972)

Based on the book of the same name by H.S. Ede, eccentric director Ken Russell created this biographical drama of a great early 20th century artist who died tragically young. Henri Gaudier (Scott Anthony) is only 18 years old, a self-taught… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 1, 1972
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1994
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

Henri's interesting relationship with the ageing authoress Sophie Brzeska is lost in the director's overriding credo that both art and films are a matter of how much energy you exert.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's 'the Ken Russell movie for people who don't like Ken Russell movies,' but the truth is that it's also the film for those who not only like, but love Ken Russell movies.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Russell takes the mystique away from art, but supplies nothing much in its place.

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One of Russell's less successful art movies, still over-the-top in his trademark style, but not jaw-droppingly so.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You get to like Henri and Sophia, maybe more than they like themselves.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
marvelous, full of passion and romance at a breakneck pace, it's a great deal of fun and ultimately very moving. also contains what i would guess is one of… More
Eric Broome
A lovely, entertaining film that only has occasional flashes of the baroque extravagance that later became Ken Russell's trademark. The actors spend most… More