Wise Blood (1979)
Critic Consensus: Director John Huston and author Flannery O'Connor prove a formidable creative match in Wise Blood, a gothic satire anchored by Brad Dourif's vinegary performance.
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Critic Reviews for Wise Blood
Flannery O'Connor's incisive sense of person and place is brilliantly captured in this 1979 film adaptation of her highly regarded first novel, which plays out as a broad comedy set within a timeless purgatory.
This time, Huston has found material that was all but guaranteed to fuel the battiest recesses of his imagination.
John Huston, with uncluttered direction and expert handling of actors, has fashioned a disturbing tale of the fringe side of overzealous religious preachers in the deep South.
This adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's novel is John Huston's best film for many years.
One of John Huston's most original, most stunning movies.
Audience Reviews for Wise Blood
Decidely more tragicomic and surrealist than ever before. Another show about the love that John Huston always professed to losers.
A very strange and thoughtful 70s drama with dark and comedic twists. Directed by John Huston and starring Brad Dourif, the film tackles a lot of themes and adapts to a variety of tones throughout, making for an experience both ambitious and scattershot. The final fourth of the film is particularly difficult to grasp. But despite being uneven and repellant at time, in Huston's hands the film always remains entertaining and interesting. It's worth the effort for Dourif outstanding performance alone. Huston in his more outlandish form.
Very strange, but entertaining, but odd and well acted, but weird and worth watching.
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