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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Director Ingmar Bergman is modern cinema's most persistent observer of the human condition."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Wonderfully complex but warmly human, Bergman's drama is one of his very best."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"[A] masterpiece."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Ingmar Bergman's best film, I suppose, though it's still fairly tedious and overloaded with avant-garde cliches."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the most complicated and radical films even Bergman ever made."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Eric Melin,
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"Bergman blends a theatrical subjectivity with a tactile visual intimacy, with his characters, the objects close at hand, and the superb coastal landscape."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Bergman has come up with probably one of his most masterful films technically and in conception, but also one of his most difficult ones."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[...]Persona marks a radical break for Bergman, an acknowledgment up front of the illusion and fundamental artifice of making movies."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"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."
‑ Robert Hatch, The Nation
"Ingmar Bergman's haunting masterpiece explores the gulf of communication that exists between a nurse and her silent patient."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
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