Robert Abele(Los Angeles Times): The principal half is a cautiously dread-inducing tour de force… The second half, but, when all hell breaks loose a short too quickly, is the disappointment.
Peter Keough(Boston Globe): Everything that happens is the kind of you'd expect, and the option of subject and the modifications West has made to the generic conventions put on't add much to the remission or thrills.
John Semley(Globe and Mail): The stretching fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every clichf found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled worship apocalypticism.
Manohla Dargis(New York Times): Shifts from the unnerving to the pit after it becomes evident that Mr. West is again interested in showing how his characters die than in what plight they lived.
Bruce Demara(Toronto Star): When this scheme works, it works well. When it doesn't, single in kind finds oneself sighing a lot similar to the movie rolls onward.
Joe Neumaier(New York Daily News): The endeavor and the conceit distract from adviser Ti West's execution.
Marc Mohan(Oregonian): Ti West's set up-footage style horror film is a divide above the genre's norm, through an uncompromising, horrific, finale.
Rich Cline(Contactmusic.com): Yet not the same found-footage thriller, this chilling consternation film at least has some just roots as a fictionalised version of absolute events.
Tom Meek(Paste Magazine): The originate footage format becomes cumbersome and feels uncandid as cameras are diligently placed ~ means of those handling them even during dump-and-encounter moments.
Kevin Carr(7M Pictures): The Sacrament is a chilling thin skin that looks at the darkest border of human nature and what is steadfastly capable in the hands of evil people.
Dave White(Movies.com): Ti Wet takes the retro anxiety of 1978's Jonestown Massacre and slaps forward a fresh coat of creepiness. Not that it needed much.
Matt Prigge(Metro): [Ti West's] skills are underutilized and the place footage aspect is as sloppy since in a 'Paranormal Activity' consist of.
Mark H. Harris(About.com): It's an atmospheric film whose ominous score and true-hearted plot — channels the growing sense of venerable.
Bilge Ebiri(Vulture): The Sacrament may not exist a good movie, but it has enough virtues – enough gripping, well-put-in union moments – that it made me review my opinion of West as a manager.
Bill Gibron(PopMatters): The entire principal half of this film feels worthless and unimportant. That is, until Gene Jones shows up.
Glenn Kenny(RogerEbert.com): Gives enough unsettling atmosphere and upsetting gut-flat shock that this viewer didn't liking too much all the stuff he wasn't acquisition …
Kim Newman(Empire Magazine): A masterclass in unsettling chills from West, lit up by another strong Seimetz turn.
Mike McCahill(Guardian [UK]): A notable disappointment.
William Bibbiani(CraveOnline): It's every intelligent, even challenging work, although not in a great degree as crisp and frightening as The House of the Devil.
David Jenkins(Little White Lies): One of America's most exciting young directors delivers half of a prominent movie with this investigation into godly cults.