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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
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 15, 2012
The greatest movie about religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
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.
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
MovieMartyr.com
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
Cinemania
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
Thomas Beltzer
Senses of Cinema
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 26, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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