Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Slly, sublime, buoyant mischief that is virtually without parallel in 20th-century art, much less 20th-century film.
  2. Movies don't come more original, inventive, or outlandishly entertaining.
  3. 100
    This has to be one of the most completely realized comedies ever made, and, in its odd way, one of the most civilized.
  4. Frightening, funny, profound, and mysterious.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    90
    A brilliant surrealistic joke about a group of friends whose attempts to dine are continually thwarted.
  6. 90
    In the nearly 30 years since the movie was released (it won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1972), one forgets how falling-about-funny is this mad caper.
  7. 90
    One of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match.
  8. A classic of subversive surrealism.
  9. If there's a granddaddy of breezy situationalism, it's probably Buñuel.
  10. Far from seeming dated, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie seems timelier than ever, downright prophetic, for that matter.
  11. It seems pompous and scattershot now -- a tweaking of privileged European smugness that unfolds with a playful daisy-chain logic but has the tone of a quaint, doddering lecture.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    Who thought having a dinner party could be so difficult? Still, Bunuel shows his genius in taking a simple and absurd plot to make harrowing criticisms of its characters: the rich, the political, the religious, the militant - pretty much everyone. Full Review »
  2. enriquec
    Jan 2, 2009
    10
    Beautiful, tough, strange but a masterpiece!
  3. JohnR
    Dec 16, 2008
    2
    Quirky. Thought it would be more like mainstream British comedy. Instead it was artsy and disjointed. The author seems to have some deep personal issues that are being worked out on screen. There were a couple of funny scenes, but the movie overall is not recommended. Full Review »