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Intolerance Reviews

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December 5, 2014
Intolerance is undoubtedly cinematic paradigm, but more than this, it's a window through which we can peer 100 years into the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 9, 2014
All at once the Moloch of cineastical good intentions, the first great juggernaut of auteur ambition, and the largest experimental film ever made.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 5, 2014
Griffith's trademark closeups lend a quivering lip or a trembling hand the tragic grandeur of historical cataclysm.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 31, 2014
This was clearly not conceived as a sleek, effective narrative or even an exploration of character psychology, but as a tremendous, overwhelming experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
November 30, 2013
D.W. Griffith's masterpiece, likely the most influential film ever made, has been given new life with a gold-standard digital cleanup.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 16, 2013
Griffith's 'Intolerance' was way ahead of its time in terms of its camera angles, sophisticated storytelling, and elaborate set construction. And the restoration and HD treatment makes it shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
November 5, 2013
Intolerance is thrilling and vital, a collision of historical periods that feels as earth-shaking as the movement of tectonic plates.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Aaron Cutler
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Intolerance looks both backward and forward. The strong exploit the weak, it cries, and all governments throughout history are evil.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 27, 2010
Influential landmark epic silent film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 1, 2009
Foreshadows what film could be -- spectacle reinforcing eternal themes of love and death -- and, at its best, would be.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
January 16, 2009
A landmark, to be certain, but wildly uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Variety Staff
February 6, 2008
Intolerance reflects much credit to the wizard director, for it required no small amount of genuine art to consistently blend actors, horses, monkeys, geese, doves, acrobats and ballets into a composite presentation of a film classic.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 27, 2007
Intolerance's sets, costumes, compositions, and mass deployment of bodies in motion are often impressive, especially in the battle of Babylon sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 28, 2007
Explores the nature of intolerance throughout history.
| Original Score: 4/5
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New York Times
April 8, 2006
The verdict Intolerance renders in the controversy concerning its maker is that he is a real wizard of lens and screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 8, 2004
The film presents its stories on the grandest of scales, sparing no expense in re-creating the period, and especially the monstrous Babylonian sets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
August 22, 2004
The greatest spectacle of the silent era, and an audacious storytelling experiment decades ahead of its time… stunning but flawed, alternately dazzling and trying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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