The Holy Mountain
The Holy Mountain (1973)

The most powerful individuals in the solar system are out to become gods and rule the universe.

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 29, 1973
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Fear
Time Out

Not even Buñuel with a brainful of Woodstock's bad brown acid could have made something this gloriously screwy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Jodorowsky loves to confront the viewer with endless brutality and grotesque decadence and degradation, but here he expresses it with a rich, densely visual imagination.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A rambling stream-of-consciousness quest that - in its final, self-conscious act - celebrates the primacy of the filmed image.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and exploitation.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Neither for the faint of heart or the linear of thinker, The Holy Mountain qualifies both as a fascinating period relic and an enduringly transfixing jaw-dropper.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

starts off with great promise but quickly descends into a kind of monotonous spiral of escalating pretension and wearisome shock tactics

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Andrew O'Hehir

This is an extraordinary visual concoction, loaded with stunning primary colors, anti-religious caricatures drawn from Diego Rivera and a succession of dreamlike, grotesque vistas worthy of Dalí at his most deranged.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Halfway through we're introduced to nine industrialists and politicians -- they narrate their heinous biographies in Godardian voiceover -- who embark up the title mountain to become immortal. Dude.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

So loaded with symbols and religious references that the frames of the films flash by as if Jodorowsky were shuffling a deck of his beloved tarot cards...

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Bob Stinson
"Your sacrifice completes my Sanctuary of a Thousand Testicles." lol! The only thing further out is a cartoon by A.A.P. Like a cinematic… More
Chris Weber
I've seen some movies that were really bizarre, trippy, drug firendly experiences, but this one might just take the cake, perhaps more so than Eraserhead.… More
Like El Topo, Holy Mountain is slow but often poignant. The beginning and ending are both equally stunning, arguably moreso than its predecessor. However, A… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Vomiting out visual ideas and lots of new age-pseudo mystical bullshit is enough to make me roll my eyes and/or laugh uncontrollably. Jodorowsky doesn't… More
Carlos Magalhães
This psychedelic, LSD-induced masterpiece is not only visually ambitious, with an impeccable cinematography and editing, but also incredibly imaginative as it… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Well, it's not el Topo for sure. This mix of spiritual flavours and colors are just going to make more sense to people who are really into the esoteric. I… More