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Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

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  • Summary: The re-release of a complex web of dreams within dreams within dreams, centered around a group of six upper-middle class members of society and their repeatedly thwarted attempts to have a meal together. The interruptions become more and more surreal as the film progresses.
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  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. 90
    One of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match.
  4. 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.
  5. A classic of subversive surrealism.
  6. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. PatrickB.
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    Incredible and unforgettable.
  2. enriquec
    Jan 2, 2009
    10
    Beautiful, tough, strange but a masterpiece!
  3. 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. Expand
  4. MattF.
    May 30, 2007
    9
    A really great surreal comedy piece. This one's in my collection. Far from toothless, this one fully realizes and imbricates I think Bunuel's earlier, strictly surreal movies with a farcical cynicism. Though his political/social attacks may seem less than profound or biting than say "Belle de Jour," that is due to the satiric tone of "Bourgeoisie". It's like comparing Don Juan to, well, an equally sexually promiscuous character or novel without the silliness. Depends on the style you're going for. With that said, it's not my favorite Bunuel, nor is it my favorite surreal film. Expand
  5. BruceH.
    Aug 12, 2007
    7
    As usual, I read no reviews on this film prior to watching it, relying instead on its high critical marks for my decision to watch it. I think in this case that was a mistake. I enjoyed Discreet Charm Expand
  6. GoP.
    May 17, 2006
    3
    Pre-TEN-tious! A movie made for film students, not normal people.
  7. JanineM
    Oct 1, 2007
    2
    Annoying and not funny. I kept waiting for it to build to something but it was all in vain. Notice how some big reviewers are missing from the Critic's reviews (New York Times, Chicago Tribune) I hope they will review this movie and send this stinker down a few notches into its rightful place. Expand

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