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  • Summary: The Sacrament follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of Eden Parish, a self-sustained rural utopia comprised of nearly 200 members. At the centre of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as Father. As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Leigh Clark
    Jun 5, 2014
    80
    The found footage format has been milked to death of late... but here it's used to fully immerse the viewer, ensuring that the characters speak directly to the audience and, with the removal of the third wall, throws them straight into the lion's den to create maximum discomfort.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Dec 10, 2013
    70
    It makes savvy use of the well-worn found-footage format, modulating its creepy scenario with considerable skill.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jun 12, 2014
    63
    West’s film differs from the “Blair Witch” template in that the footage is never actually “found.”
  4. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Dec 10, 2013
    58
    The tension really is beautifully ramped up in these early scenes and gets an audience well prepped to watch carnage unfold around people you've truly come to care about. Then, when the thing goes off, it's not with a bang but with something more like a a whimper.
  5. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    May 5, 2014
    50
    Because the film is meant to resemble documentary footage, West is forced to effectively “play dumb,” disguising his craftsmanship behind a lot of intentionally cruddy handheld camerawork. Still, that’d be less of a problem if the material he was gracelessly filming weren’t such run-of-the-mill claptrap.
  6. Reviewed by: Greg Cwik
    Jun 5, 2014
    42
    The Sacrament is a missed opportunity to further expand West's pallet. Instead of twisting conventions and playing with expectations, West plays into expectations.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Dec 10, 2013
    15
    Ti West’s pointless new film The Sacrament, an exercise in talking loud and saying nothing, isn’t just bad, it’s infuriating.

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  1. Oct 4, 2014
    4
    Once again Ti West proves that he is a master of suspense, but a novice at deliverance. The first half of the movie is not bad. It kept me at the edge of my seat until it was time for Mr West to show us what he's got. Unfortunately he just doesn't have it. Good build up to a let down. Very disappointing. Expand

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