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Ordet (The Word) Reviews

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April 10, 2016
A sombre exploration of religious faith in all its various guises, directed by Dreyer with a quiet but deep seated compassion for his characters.
April 10, 2016
It's simply a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 10, 2016
The film unfolds in a confined space but there is nothing constrained or contained in its searching, intense approach and nothing dogmatic about its approach to its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 10, 2016
The film is extremely sensual in its spareness, a paradox always at the center of Dreyer's work.
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.
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.
April 15, 2012
The greatest movie about religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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.
March 8, 2012
A film with a hypnotic, irresistible stare.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 8, 2012
Guaranteed to make you levitate from your cinema seat in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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.
January 23, 2010
Ordet's faithfulness is both old fashioned and invigorating
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
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.
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
Top Critic
March 25, 2006
Both emotionally and intellectually the picture is hypnotic, and some portions will nail the spectator to his seat.
January 26, 2006
A strange, wondrous and shocking work. Once seen, it's unlikely to leave you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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+
September 20, 2004
A moving work of great intelligence, compassion and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 6, 2003
Completely rejecting the typical, Western division between the natural and the supernatural, Dreyer shows us a world where God is incarnate in the ordinary and where spiritual transcendence occurs in the face of oppressive religiosity.
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