• Released
  • July 23, 2004
  • R , 1 hr 35 min
  • Horror
    Suspense/Thriller
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The Manson Family Synopsis
Members of Charles Manson's cult tell their story.
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100

Film Threat

The actual performances during the film range from excellent to somewhat amateurish, but this amateurism is easily absorbed by the sheer...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
See it - if you dare.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Hard, ugly and nasty yet a stylistically vigorous and often insightful piece of work.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is not a "horror" film or an "underground" film, but an act of transgression so extreme and uncompromised, and yet so amateurish and...
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67

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The Manson Family, with its attention to historical detail and chronology, is more effective and disturbing than those grade-Z shockers:...
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Van Bebber's film is tough, difficult, sporadically brilliant cinema, to be sure, and I doubt he'd have had it any other way. And as...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film evokes how homicide became the ultimate orgasm for kids who had turned themselves into zombies of flesh.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Harrowing and imaginatively made.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Van Bebber is out to capture the mood of a generation-long bad trip and succeeds with unnerving accuracy by telling the story within the...
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12

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
There's no real journalism here, just the sort of appalling revisionism that can turn a bloodbath into a beach party.
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Rated R | For Strong Grisly Violence, Drug Use, Nudity, Language and Strong Sexual Content