• PG, 2 hr. 55 min.
  • Classics
  • Directed By:
    D.W. Griffith
    In Theaters:
    Sep 5, 1916 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 10, 2002
  • Cohen Media Group

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Intolerance Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

March 31, 2014
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

D.W. Griffith's masterpiece, likely the most influential film ever made, has been given new life with a gold-standard digital cleanup.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

November 30, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

November 16, 2013
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Intolerance is thrilling and vital, a collision of historical periods that feels as earth-shaking as the movement of tectonic plates.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 5/5

November 5, 2013
Aaron Cutler
Village Voice
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Intolerance looks both backward and forward. The strong exploit the weak, it cries, and all governments throughout history are evil.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 30, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Influential landmark epic silent film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

December 27, 2010
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Foreshadows what film could be -- spectacle reinforcing eternal themes of love and death -- and, at its best, would be.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

December 1, 2009
Phil Hall
Film Threat

A landmark, to be certain, but wildly uneven.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 16, 2009
Variety Staff
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 6, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Intolerance's sets, costumes, compositions, and mass deployment of bodies in motion are often impressive, especially in the battle of Babylon sequence.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 27, 2007
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Explores the nature of intolerance throughout history.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2007

New York Times
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The verdict Intolerance renders in the controversy concerning its maker is that he is a real wizard of lens and screen.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2004
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2004
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B+

August 22, 2004
Martin Scribbs
Mixed Reviews

D.W. Griffith wants to fight for your right to party.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: 99/100

July 25, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Over-extended and powered by a glib conceit, but still a stunning piece of filmmaking, with a breathtaking set.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2004
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