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Persona Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
April 7, 2016
[Bergman] gives us a movie within a movie, but he seems hardly to have made the enclosing movie, and then he throws away the inner one.
Penelope Houston
The Spectator
August 3, 2015
Maybe one's quarrel with Bergman has to do with a feeling that even austerity begins to look like a special kind of emotional self-indulgence.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 8, 2014
This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges.
| Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 23, 2014
One of the most complicated and radical films even Bergman ever made.
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
April 7, 2014
[...]Persona marks a radical break for Bergman, an acknowledgment up front of the illusion and fundamental artifice of making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
April 3, 2014
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.
Eric Melin
March 22, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 23, 2013
One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Hatch
The Nation
July 23, 2013
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.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 23, 2013
Wonderfully complex but warmly human, Bergman's drama is one of his very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 23, 2013
[A] masterpiece.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 23, 2013
Bergman blends a theatrical subjectivity with a tactile visual intimacy, with his characters, the objects close at hand, and the superb coastal landscape.

Total Film
July 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
July 23, 2013
Director Ingmar Bergman is modern cinema's most persistent observer of the human condition.
July 23, 2013
Ingmar Bergman's haunting masterpiece explores the gulf of communication that exists between a nurse and her silent patient.
Cole Smithey
October 20, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2007
A work of many possible readings -- any of which provide deeply disturbing looks into the psyche of the characters or character.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2007
Ingmar Bergman's best film, I suppose, though it's still fairly tedious and overloaded with avant-garde cliches.
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Variety Staff
July 30, 2007
Bergman has come up with probably one of his most masterful films technically and in conception, but also one of his most difficult ones.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 24, 2007
An intense, challenging and complex experimental psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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