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  1. Jun 6, 2014
    Consensus: Superbly acted, violent, sad and intriguing, The Sacrament is one of the best found footage films of the year. 83/100 (B+)

    I'm not a huge fan of Ti West previous work and i was not interested at all in this film, the poster sucks and the trailer sucks but i like the cast, i'm a big fan of You're Next and there are here some members of the cast like Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen and
    Amy Seimetz. The film left me very surprised Ti West is talented and i enjoyed every second of the film, very well done and well executed, found footage done right.

    I've watched a lot of found footage movies this year and mostly of them suck (Alien Abduction, Delivery and Mr. Jones). But "The Sacrament" is that rare found footage film that succeeds, not as good as "The Den" but still great. Has some flaws especially in the second half, but the violence and the atmosphere make us forget about it. Don't watch any of the trailers and don't read the full synopsis, this film will surprise you.

    The plot is original and refreshing for the found-footage genre, it's a big premise handled by a talented director. It's based on a true stroy "The Jonestown Massacre" i had no idea, well that's a plus for me, that makes the film scarier. The performances during the whole film were stunning, superb and believable, spot light here to "Father" (Gene Jones) and "Sam" performed by the superb AJ Bowen.

    There's a scene with Patrick (Kentucker Audley) and Caroline (Amy Seimetz) that was epic and also sad. It's not too gory it's just tense and looks real. Good character development and chilling scenes. This film hasn't jump-scares and gore. The Sacrament has violence and atmosphere, totally deserves your attention and your time. The setting is awesome, the production is big and doesn't looks cheap.

    Well drawn characters and you care of them. "Father" (Gene Jones) was annoying as hell (in a good way), and he holds the greatest moments in the film, the script helps too. Just WOW! That script is awesome, this is quality filmmaking. During the first half of the film this one makes you think about the way of how we the human beings live today with all the technology and stuff. I mean, has some social commentary very well explained and well grounded. The big twist in the film may be annoying and unnecesary for some people but for me was awesome and sad.

    The found-footage style may be annoying for some people but in this film this one is very well handled and has sense (for the most part, a few plot holes at the end). The Sacrament is one of the best horror films of the year, not perfect at all but it's smartly violent, takes to itself seriously and has some sick kills, sad film and makes you feel pain with some scenes. All the people here are mad, they are smart and the premise is intriguing. Ti West has a new fan. Visit my blog: Twitter: @MemoBosque

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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 12, 2014
    The first half is a cautiously dread-inducing tour de force as the suspicious interlopers parse the shiny, happy members for signs of a darker version of paradise... The second half, however, when all hell breaks loose a little too quickly, is the disappointment.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jun 12, 2014
    West’s film differs from the “Blair Witch” template in that the footage is never actually “found.”
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jun 6, 2014
    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.