Nazarin (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

Nazarin (1958)



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Movie Info

One of cinema's true innovators, Luis Buñuel takes a Spanish novel about a Don Quixote-like priest who is ridiculed for following the path of Christ, and brilliantly transposes it to turn-of-the-century Mexico. When he is defrocked for championing a prostitute and an outcast, Don Nazario takes to the road with the two women, living out his ideals until they are smashed by an uncaring world. "A masterpiece that reveals the human condition and shows us a way to surpass it. Buñuel's film unfolds under the double arch of beauty and rebellion.


Francisco Rabal
as Father Nazario
Marga Lopez
as Beatriz
Ignacio López Tarso
as The Sacrilegist
Ignacio Lopez Tarzo
as Church Thief
Antonio Bravo
as Architect
Aurora Molina
as La Carmella
Manuel Arvide
as Architect's Assistant
Edmundo Barbero
as Don Angel
Raul Dantes
as Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Nazarin

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Bunuel's surrealism is really a kind of mysticism in reverse, He has had to wrestle, not with the devil, but with the angel in him, and in Nazarin traces of the struggle are still apparent.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It is so grim that it lacks even the energy to present itself dramatically.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The most breathtaking cinematic cross-examination of faith I have ever seen… not content to ignore religion as a non-issue, or to take cheap shots at its practitioners.

January 7, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

While the film itself remains a subtle attack on religious naivete, the director would never be as mindful of the possibilities of spiritual healing as he is here.

July 30, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces.

January 1, 2000

The film is beautiful, with all Builuel's peculiar sensuality in the face of things, which he can make, like faces, extraordinary and eloquent, ceaselessly expregsive and pregnant with this or that.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nazarin


one of buñuel's greatest mexican films, or let's just say greatest films. far more compassion than i was expecting from the great cynic in a religious setting and a great performance by paco rabal. open to many interpretations

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Dig up your hole Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa is waiting for you and her beloved prince-charming is standing aside!!!
Act 5 over, Scene 5 over, don't you worry Nazarin, your time hasn't come just yet...

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


Only Buñuel's boundless brilliance and cynicism could achieve this mischievous, thought-provoking drama. A sad testament of what happens inside nearly all religious groups, only very few practice what they preach.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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