The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) Reviews

Top Critic
March 21, 2018
You can hunt about in the history of the cinema and bring up a distant cousin or two for Bergman's great work. Yet, when all the delving is done, this film remains something quite distinct, a wonderful film which is not quite like any other.
July 23, 2013
Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation.
March 26, 2009
Film has superior technical narrative, impressive lensing and thesping.
December 7, 2007
Its view of a seemingly godless landscape in the grip of plague is still bold and frightening.
July 30, 2007
It survives today only as an unusually pure example of a typical 50s art-film strategy: the attempt to make the most modern and most popular of art forms acceptable to the intelligentsia by forcing it into an arcane, antique mold.
July 20, 2007
The Seventh Seal is an existentialist masterpiece packed with stunning symbolism and mordant humour. It's also far more accessible that you might think. Go see it. Or else.
July 20, 2007
Bergman's superbly shot wintry images, much like those of a silent film, print themselves indelibly on the mind, while the Knight's search for a God who never answers foreshadows the pessimism of the director's later work.
July 20, 2007
Ingmar Bergman's dark masterpiece effortlessly sees off the revisionists and the satirists; it is a radical work of art that reaches back to scripture, to Cervantes and to Shakespeare to create a new dramatic idiom of its own.
July 20, 2007
Ingmar Bergman's black and white masterpiece The Seventh Seal has matured like a great wine over 50 years.
July 20, 2007
Full of haunting, iconic images and a touch of hopeful humanity, The Seventh Seal is cinema at its most artful, a philosophical meditation on the meaning(lessness) of this mortal coil.
July 20, 2007
Fear, peril and hoplessness soak every frame.
February 9, 2006
Not only highly impressive but thought-provoking, relevant and intensely moving in our present, nervous, times.
May 20, 2003
Essentially intellectual, yet emotionally stimulating, too, it is as tough -- and rewarding -- a screen challenge as the moviegoer has had to face this year.
January 1, 2000
This is an uncompromising film, regarding good and evil with the same simplicity and faith as its hero.