Teorema (Theorem)
Teorema (Theorem) (1968)

Terence Stamp is known only as "The Visitor" in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. The mysterious stranger insinuates himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family, where he exerts a curious, sensual spirituality over everyone… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 7, 1968
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The narrative, almost silent in the first half, is unusually clear for a film by Pasolini. Performance by all members of the cast are praiseworthy, though Stamp dominates the first half and Betti, the second.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I don't feel ready to write about this mysterious film; perhaps, a week from now, I'll decide it is very bad, a failure. But perhaps it is the most brilliant work yet by that strange director, Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

The film, made in 1968, was provocative then and remains so now. But it doesn't elucidate its ambivalent moral secrets easily.

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Time Out

What would be pretentious and strained in the hands of most directors, with Pasolini takes on an intense air of magical revelation.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Apart from his final feature, Salo, this is probably Pier Paolo Pasolini's most controversial film, and to my mind one of his very best.

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Peter Bradshaw

It is as if Pasolini has imagined how Italy's bland, complacent, stagnant governing class could be blown wide open: like putting a hundredweight of dynamite in the San Andreas fault.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie itself is the message, a series of cool, beautiful, often enigmatic scenes that flow one into another with the rhythm of blank verse.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Arguably Pasolini's most finely wrought work, an allegory bringing together his central preoccupations with politics, sexuality, society, art and the irredeemable inauthenticity of bourgeois life.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Pasolini creates an ethereal mood - and Stamp, smiling ineffably,has never been better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A mysterious young buck visits a wealthy household, makes love to the father, son, mother, wife, and housekeeper and then leaves; all of them are lost without… More
Aj V
Another strange movie from Pasolini, about a strange visitor and the strange things he does like having everyone fall in love with him! Interesting concept,… More
Stefanie C
Arresting and profound! The film begins with the ending. Stamp acts as an awakener to the pseudo-existence of the bourgeoisie. Stamp's character can be… More
Robert C
My first Pasolini film and I have to say I was both impressed and a little disapointed at the same time. A film that (when taken at face value) could be simply… More
Kevin M. Williams
A very Christian rumination: what is the meaning of life? Pasolini poetically, lyrically offers the Book of Ecclessiates by Solomon (" ... everything is… More
Emily Armstrong
Few movies can inspire the spontaneous loss of consciousness like this one. It's just an ugly, badly dubbed and badly acted film that doesn't make a… More