I'm reading Roger Ebert's 2003 four star review. He refers to it as a great movie repeatedly while pointing out so many absurdities that it could be mistaken for a negative review if he had not done ...
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There's a fairly flat juxtaposition of religious subjects, with El Topo's journey being framed as one towards Zen enlightenment in a way that feeds into the film's vicious satire of Christianity (which is best exemplified by what is quite possibly the most messed-up game of Russian roulette in cinem....
It gradually becomes more and more focused on religion, philosophy and mysticism and finally after El Topo is dragged away by the incestuous misfits it turns into something resembling Pasolini's films.