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New York Times:
Essentially intellectual, yet emotionally stimulating, too, it is as tough -- and rewarding -- a screen challenge as the moviegoer has had to face this year.
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.
Detroit Free Press:
Its view of a seemingly godless landscape in the grip of plague is still bold and frightening.
This is an uncompromising film, regarding good and evil with the same simplicity and faith as its hero.
Not only highly impressive but thought-provoking, relevant and intensely moving in our present, nervous, times.
Film has superior technical narrative, impressive lensing and thesping.
Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation.