80

CineVue

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.
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80

Variety

By Guy Lodge
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
It makes savvy use of the well-worn found-footage format, modulating its creepy scenario with considerable skill.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
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.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliché of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism.
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63

RogerEbert.com

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.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
West’s film differs from the “Blair Witch” template in that the footage is never actually “found.”
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60

Time Out London

By Tom Huddleston
As with all of West’s work this is a good-looking, well acted film shot through with moments of real power, but its conventionality is troubling.
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60

Village Voice

By Rob Staeger
Restaging the 1978 Jonestown massacre for a present-day suspense movie is by most definitions tasteless, although The Sacrament infuses the past with ghoulish immediacy.
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49 out of 100
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