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Persona (1966)



Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 3

Arguably Bergman's finest film, Persona explores the human condition with intense curiosity, immense technical skill, and beguiling warmth.


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

Arguably Bergman's finest film, Persona explores the human condition with intense curiosity, immense technical skill, and beguiling warmth.



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An actress recovering from a mental breakdown develops an intense relationship with her nurse in this modernist, self-reflexive psychodrama.



Mar 16, 2004

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One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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[A] masterpiece.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Bergman blends a theatrical subjectivity with a tactile visual intimacy, with his characters, the objects close at hand, and the superb coastal landscape.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Director Ingmar Bergman is modern cinema's most persistent observer of the human condition.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Ingmar Bergman's best film, I suppose, though it's still fairly tedious and overloaded with avant-garde cliches.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (13)
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Bergman has come up with probably one of his most masterful films technically and in conception, but also one of his most difficult ones.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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One of the most complicated and radical films even Bergman ever made.

April 23, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

[...]Persona marks a radical break for Bergman, an acknowledgment up front of the illusion and fundamental artifice of making movies.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The intimacy and the intensity of the camera's focus and the increasingly naked confessions and accusations in the dialogue create one of the most intense character pieces put on film.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

Persona probes the depths of the human psyche, even as it examines the ways in which people tell stories and create new realities. Its themes are timeless, and it still holds up today.

March 22, 2014 Full Review Source:

One is forced to spend much more time in examining these women than in getting to understand them. They are treated as objects not subjects -- an attitude which, whether intentionally or not, is relevant to contemporary corruption.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Wonderfully complex but warmly human, Bergman's drama is one of his very best.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Persona is made up of clinical compositions, austere acting and stark lighting courtesy of legendary lensman Sven Nykvist. Yet it's this very severity that gives the film its crisp beauty.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Ingmar Bergman's haunting masterpiece explores the gulf of communication that exists between a nurse and her silent patient.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Bergman's clear-eyed artistic study of the rules of interplay between opposite, ill-equipped dominant and submissive characters, expresses universal ideas about human compatibility.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source:

A work of many possible readings -- any of which provide deeply disturbing looks into the psyche of the characters or character.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An intense, challenging and complex experimental psychological drama.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Bergman's undisputed masterpieces is a seminal work of psychonalayis and metacinema, raising more complex questions about identity and role-playing than it could possibly answer, thus deliberately encouraging ambivalence and ambiguity.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Not a movie, but a Film. And a Great Film it is. As good as any.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Audience Reviews for Persona

Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007
July 30, 2007

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A nurse takes care of an actress who has decided to stop talking, and after confessing her guilty secrets to the silent woman she finds her own persona starting to blur into the other woman's. A strange and mysterious psychoanalytical horror film; Ingmar Bergman paints the self as a very scary place you wouldn't want to visit.
February 9, 2013
Greg S

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An interesting look into mental health that twists and turns around the main question of 'who is who' and 'what makes me'. Brilliant performances from both stars.
November 2, 2012

Super Reviewer

A troubled nurse treats a successful actress who has stopped speaking.
Ingmar Bergman doesn't shy away from the big issues. Persona's characters encounter the existence/relevance of God, fear of death, motherhood, the impossibility of human connection, and the struggles artists must undergo in order to maintain a sense of selfhood despite their profession's pressures. And in most film and literature, it's usually men who undertake these questions, but 90% of Persona depicts two women coming to terms with such grand, philosophical issues, which is ground-breaking even though it shouldn't be. Most of the film is profound without being avant garde for avant garde's sake with several notable exceptions like the very beginning and parts of the denouement, and thus, most of the film is accessible and thought-provoking. I can't say that there is anything revolutionary or that the film comes to a unique conclusion about the grand questions it encounters, but the very fact that Bergman explores the nature of being raises film to a stature enjoyed by few other art forms.
Overall, Bergman is one of serious intellectual film's masters, more accessible than Godard and more interesting than Fellini, and Persona is one of his masterpieces.
July 14, 2012
Jim Hunter

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