Ordet (The Word) Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 22, 2010
Tragedy strikes, and petty denominational squabbles disintegrate in Dreyer's sublime synthesis of humanistic and textual faith, a vision of purity and clarity.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 14, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 15, 2012
The greatest movie about religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
February 25, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
Dreyer's Ordet (1955) is far simpler than his previous films, taking place mostly in a single set, but also more complex.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 8, 2012
Guaranteed to make you levitate from your cinema seat in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A strange, wondrous and shocking work. Once seen, it's unlikely to leave you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 20, 2004
A moving work of great intelligence, compassion and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dan Jardine
January 23, 2010
Ordet's faithfulness is both old fashioned and invigorating
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 27, 2012
With arresting faces but not cluttered with close-ups, attention-getting camera abilities beyond judicious lighting, or mood music, the film builds to a long emotional finale of biblical parallel.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 12, 2008
Reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman's spare style when exploring similar themes (eg The Seventh Seal), Dryer's work is disciplined and focused, rather like a Jesuit, really.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 11, 2012
There are only 114 shots, each averaging over a minute, only three close-ups, and the film demands and rewards the closest attention.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
January 7, 2005
Dreyer is digging deeper than these slogans ["institutional religion" versus "personalized faith"], to the regions of mystery where Johannes's mind was lost.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Philip Kemp
Total Film
February 27, 2012
At first glance it may seem slow, but stick with it and the psychological tensions enthral.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 15, 2002
A rare work about spiritual life and the conflicts of earthly bodies and heavenly desires that doesn't denigrate or simplify religion despite the flawed nature of the characters and of the institution of religion itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 26, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 8, 2012
A film with a hypnotic, irresistible stare.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic

New York Times
March 25, 2006
Both emotionally and intellectually the picture is hypnotic, and some portions will nail the spectator to his seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 29, 2006
This is an overwhelming emotional and intellectual experience, thanks both to its subject matter and its austere yet potent presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Beltzer
Senses of Cinema
October 6, 2003
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