Persona (1966)




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

Movie Info

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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ingmar Bergman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Persona

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

[A] masterpiece.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Bergman blends a theatrical subjectivity with a tactile visual intimacy, with his characters, the objects close at hand, and the superb coastal landscape.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Director Ingmar Bergman is modern cinema's most persistent observer of the human condition.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Ingmar Bergman's best film, I suppose, though it's still fairly tedious and overloaded with avant-garde cliches.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Persona


Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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