(1970)

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100
A few great directors have the ability to draw us into their dream world, into their personalities and obsessions and fascinate us with them for a short time. This is the highest level of escapism the movies can provide for us.
100
Buñuel conjures with Freudian imagery, outrageous humor, and a quiet, lyrical camera style to create one of his most complex and complete works, a film that continues to disturb and transfix.
90
The film, which came out in 1970 after a censorship battle with the Franco regime, catches - and releases - all the tension of shifting sexual mores. You can almost sense the director's pleasure in taking apart the duplicities of a patriarchal Spanish society. [21 Feb. 2013]
90
The New York Times
Buñuel has made a marvelously complex, funny and vigorously moral movie that also is, to me, his most perfectly cast film. [21 Sept. 1970]
88
As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker's obsessions, it has an undertow that's impossible to shake. [22 Nov. 2012]
80
Those seeking the Bunuel touches of black humor, digs at Church and Establishment, irreverence and criticism, and an overall condemnation of Spanish mores and hypocrisy, will find a modicum of scenes here to titillate their palates. Yet Bunuel, despite occasional digs, has remained more or less respectful.
75
There are more than a few striking images and intriguing ideas to be extracted from Tristana. [10 Oct. 2012]

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