Sweet Movie
Sweet Movie (1974)

Like his WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Dusan Makavejev's controversial 1974 feature Sweet Movie is firmly rooted in the principles of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. In cinematic terms, this means bombarding the audience with an onset of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Neither hard nor softcore. Yugoslav filmmaker Dusan Makavejev's first pic in the West, is provocative but also arbitrary.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I didn't hate it, although it affected me in bewildering and sometimes unpleasant ways. I didn't find it a success, but I found it an audacious attempt, and it's filled with images impossible to forget.

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Fernando F. Croce

Irrational and ineffably moving

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Time Out

Potentially one of the most scandalous films ever made -- except that it has been little seen outside France and has not aged well.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Though much of the content is scandalous, the title is ultimately an accurate one -- the sensibility behind the images is innocent, enthusiastic, and childlike.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An onslaught of images that are calculated to arouse the viewer to awaken from his slumber.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The over-all work remains a courageous example of a personal kind of film making that, to me, leads nowhere.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] To this day, "Sweet Movie" remains a powerfully defiant film deeply rooted in anti-authoritarian motives.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

This is not a film about which you can have mixed feelings. You either love it or loathe it; you are either on its wavelength or you feel assaulted by it. I stand in the latter category.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Two alternating stories: in one a virgin beauty queen escapes from her millionaire husband with a solid gold penis, while in the other a Socialist sea captain… More
Stephen M
A thoroughly pretentious, incoherent, arty piece of nonsense from start to finish. There are a couple of good scenes (and they're not necessarily the more… More
Aj V
Another very weird movie from the 70s, there are three different stories included and just when you think one story is strange, the next one is even more… More
Walter M.
"Sweet Movie" is a scattershot and surreal satirical film that throughout makes a valid point that sex really isn't that big a deal and certainly… More
Cassandra Maples
There are some films that are designed to shock, some designed to titillate, some that delight in disgusting the view. For Makavejev, shock, disgust and… More
Eric Broome
"Sweet Movie" has been described as one of the most disgusting films ever made, and while it does have some repellent scenes, they don't seem so… More