The Sacrament

Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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  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: Guy Lodge
    Dec 10, 2013
    80
    It’s a film that purists might insist isn’t horror in the strictest sense, though this slow-burning investigation of unseemly goings-on at a rural Christian commune is frightening in any genre language.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jun 4, 2014
    67
    West is a talented director and knows how to build suspense. But here’s a case where the truth wasn’t only stranger than his fiction, it was scarier, too.
  5. 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.”
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jun 6, 2014
    63
    West is such a technically accomplished filmmaker, and his cast of semi-regulars so committed to the narrative, that the resultant movie gives enough unsettling atmosphere and upsetting gut-level shock that this viewer didn’t mind too much all the stuff he wasn’t getting, such as intellectual coherence, not to mention any kind of profound insight into the cult hive mind.
  7. 63
    The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliché of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism.
  8. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 1, 2014
    63
    With The Sacrament, director Ti West has bitten off more of a premise than his classically modest barebones approach to horror movies can presently chew.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 8, 2016
    6
    A slow burning found-footage movie shot documentary style about an ominous reclusive religious group. It's predictable as all hell, but fansA slow burning found-footage movie shot documentary style about an ominous reclusive religious group. It's predictable as all hell, but fans of lingering suspense and creepy cults will get exactly what they're looking for in The Sacrament. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2016
    5
    I had no problem with the pace of The Sacrament and, in fact, Ti West does a good job setting a steady pace and really building tension. Heck,I had no problem with the pace of The Sacrament and, in fact, Ti West does a good job setting a steady pace and really building tension. Heck, some sequences are truly unsettling and hard to watch. I even liked the found footage element of this one and I am typically lukewarm about it. That being said, The Sacrament lacks true scares and though it can create an unsettling atmosphere, it rarely delivers on this tension in the way it seemed to be trying to build up to. Thus, the lack of true scares holds this one back. That being said, it is well acted, well shot, and pretty well directed. The film feels authentic and that is what can really mess with you at times and it really fits into the documentary-style it is going for. That being said, The Sacrament is just not scary and though a compelling watch, do not expect to be scared by this one. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2016
    0
    Horrible boring.Horrible boring. Boring,boring,boring,boring,boring.boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring,boring. Full Review »