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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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  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. Collapse

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