Moria notes the displeasure of the author of the book it's based on. DVD Talk calls it "very creepy stuff, a serious horror film that mixes voodoo terror with political terror to induce a number of nervous chills". HorrorNews.net says it "is one of the very best thrillers of the decade, a feast of both cinematography and nightmare imagery."
Roger Ebert calls it "uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible." The Rotten Tomatoes critics score is 61%.