The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador)
The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1967)

In this jet black and surreal comedy, a formal dinner party starts out normally enough. After the sophisticated guests retire to the host's exquisite music room, they find that they cannot leave. Hours pass and then days, and as the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 21, 1967
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

My feeling is that his canvas is too narrow and his social comment too plain to keep our interest fixed upon his people and their barren stewing for an hour and a half.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's one of the greater pleasures of the film that its surface-level plot is weird enough to watch it for the sheer joy of Surreal farce.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A wickedly designed, satirical and quite possibly dangerous work.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets.

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David Keyes

One of the most celebrated prizes of Mexican cinema.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Absurdity is relative; it requires a reality (or something less absurd) to be contrasted with.

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Witney Seibold

'The Exterminating Angel' is a confrontation. Not only because of its clear political underpinnings, but because of a weird undercurrent of human sympathy.

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Dan Jardine

The comedy is as black as an 8 Ball.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Bunuel's ultimate cosmic joke against meaning itself

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
This movie criticizes the strangeness of etiquette with a hyperbolic tale of social rules gone wrong. No one can convince themselves to leave, apparently… More
Stella Dallas
surrealist screwball comedy/horror. probably only buñuel could pull this off. it's complete nonsense but functions perfectly according to it's own… More
familiar stranger
A weird satirical piece of work that's thoroughly watchable & fairly enjoyable. Surrealistic movies are generally not my cup of tea, but thankfully,… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Buñuel's disgust for the upper classes was never more evident than here. Surreal, intriguing, claustrophobic, and riveting film about the most primitive… More
Robert C
I have to say that this is probably not eveyones "cup of tea"...but I really enjoyed it. Sure the basic premise has been done before to varying… More
Elvira B
If something could ever define Buñuel's sense of humor it is this social critique, surrealist piece. The repulsive characters (which Buñuel is so damn good… More