The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
I fell in to a burning ring of fire
Full Review | Original Score: 96/100
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 5, 2003
Stunning in its power, uncompromising in its severity and seriousness, Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent masterpiece from 1928 all but scorches a hole in the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
June 24, 2003
It's a harrowing film, claustrophobic in its use of close-ups that unblinkingly record Joan's emotional and mental state. Each frame becomes a canvas for Dreyer's unflinching portrait of suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Raises so many questions about power, gender, law, and self-determination that any viewer, regardless of persuasion, can invest a great deal in what happens to Joan.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
One of the towering achievements of world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Sit down with an open heart and an open mind, and you'll be blown away. This is the reason they make movies.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Falconetti burns (no pun intended) as the tortured young woman -- if only the rest of the movie could keep up with her and the cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
The chief reason for its legendary reputation is the brilliant match between its timeless historical subject ... and Dreyer's decision to film it primarily in relentless close-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
Perhaps one of the most intricate and powerful achievements of the silent era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This is one of the most memorable films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 21, 1928
When one speaks of The Passion of Joan of Arc, the first image to come to mind is the beatific face of Maria Falconetti, whose expressive features give voice to the movie's silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
June 10, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 13, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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