The Dance of Reality Synopsis
A young Jodorowsky is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s...
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RogerEbert.com

The result will no doubt polarize viewers, as has been the case with his other major works, but it will certainly go down amongst those who...
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
The Dance of Reality is the work of a highly disciplined anarchist, whose principal weapon against authority is his own imagination.
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90

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
The Dance of Reality may be Alejandro Jodorowsky's best film, and certainly, in a filmography top-heavy with freak-show hyperbole and...
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88

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
Compared to his previous films, The Dance of Reality offers a nearly coherent narrative and a gentle, reconciliatory tone.
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
A full-bodied and mischievous autobiography in the spirit of Federico Fellini’s "Amarcord," Alejandro Jodorowsky’s return to filmmaking...
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By Bilge Ebiri
Jodorowsky’s fondness for the surreal and grotesque is in full evidence here. What makes his films so captivating, however, isn’t their...
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The Dance of Reality, which deserves a place along Amarcord as a fantastical take on coming of age, is the work of a wise and experienced...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
The 85-year-old Chilean-born auteur returns this week with his latest directorial attempt, The Dance of Reality, an intensely personal,...
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
At times exquisitely attuned to the commingling of the bitterly funny and tragic, and at other times an eye-roll-worthy collection of...
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Variety

By Scott Foundas
At more than two hours, The Dance of Reality unquestionably has its longueurs, but on balance it is alive with enough images and ideas for...
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Jodorowsky makes another classic

By kouru225
Sure there may be weird moments, but at the end of the day these moments are so important to the story that its hard to be antagonistic about them. This is another Holy Mountain: a story of images...

By mainsrgregory
A Masterpiece!! Bold and Brilliant!! I can't say enough! Everyone can take something from this beautiful piece of art!!...

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