The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador)1967

The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1967)




Critic Consensus: Societal etiquette devolves into depravity in Luis Buñuel's existential comedy, effectively playing the absurdity of civilization for mordant laughs.

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In this jet black and surreal comedy, a formal dinner party starts out normally enough. After the sophisticated guests retire to the host's exquisite music room, they find that they cannot leave. Hours pass and then days, and as the time plods by, disturbing changes in the formerly-genteel guests occur.

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Jacqueline Andere
as Alicia de Roc, Senora Alicia Roc
Jose Baviera
as Leandro Gómez, Leandro
Silvia Pinal
as Leticia `La Valkiria', Letitia, the Valkyrie
Augusto Benedico
as Carlos Conde; Doctor, Doctor
Antonio Bravo
as Russell, Sergio Russell
Nadia Haro Oliva
as Ana Maynar
Javier Loya
as Francisco Avila
Ofelia Guilmain
as Juana Avila
Luis Beristáin
as Christian, Cristián Ugalde
Claudio Brook
as Julian the Majordomo, Julián, Mayordomo
Cesar del Campo
as Álvaro, Colonel, Colonel
Lucy Gallardo
as Lucía de Nobile, Lucia Nobile
Patricia Morán
as Rita, Rita Ugalde
Bertha Moss
as Leonora
Enrique Rambal
as Edmundo Nobile, Esmundo Nobile
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Critic Reviews for The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (3)

If not necessarily Buñuel's greatest film, this unclassifiable creation must count as one of the most twisted stunts ever mounted for the screen.

September 7, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

My feeling is that his canvas is too narrow and his social comment too plain to keep our interest fixed upon his people and their barren stewing for an hour and a half.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

An important masterpiece amongst a filmography littered with them, The Exterminating Angel is effectively administrated social satire -- scathing and lethally subversive.

September 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Exterminating Angel plays with the magical, the unpredictable, the unknown, but also with a specific set of characters that fall apart. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Very tense, puzzling, sinister, and yet extraordinarily stodgy, this is the least anecdotal Buñuel and the most redolent of the Barrier effect that seems to murmur through his films.

June 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador)


Buñuel clearly refuses to be subtle in this sharp allegorical satire (and because of that I only wish he had gone even further and embraced insanity and chaos all the way), using an absurd and quite ingenious idea to give a well-deserved slap on bourgeois values and hypocrisy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This movie criticizes the strangeness of etiquette with a hyperbolic tale of social rules gone wrong. No one can convince themselves to leave, apparently because no one else has left. Its not as though these rules of propriety have turned us into sheep, its that we were sheep to begin with, and these individuals with their nuanced rules are self-blinded of the suffering society around them. As time passes, or is made entirely meaningless, civility is eroded and these people are revealed to be the horny, hungry, irritable and fearful animals found in the rest of the animal kingdom and social classes. It took someone with a bit of free spirit who very early in the movie, before the whole trapped issue, lashes out by breaking a window for no explicit reason. She locks herself in a closet. People are murmuring to each other how she's still a virgin. They try so hard to turn everyone else into sheep just like them. They are fortunate that they failed.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer


A weird satirical piece of work that's thoroughly watchable & fairly enjoyable. Surrealistic movies are generally not my cup of tea, but thankfully, there's more to it here than merely surrealism.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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