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
    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
    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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 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
    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 »