Ordet (The Word)
Ordet (The Word) (1954)

With his masterful Ordet (aka The Word, [1955]), legendary Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer examines the conflict between internalized personal faith and organized religion. Dreyer sets the drama in a conservative, super-pious Danish… More

Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: January 1, 1954
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2008
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is extremely sensual in its spareness, a paradox always at the center of Dreyer's work.

Full review…
Jon Fortgang

A sombre exploration of religious faith in all its various guises, directed by Dreyer with a quiet but deep seated compassion for his characters.

Full review…
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

With arresting faces but not cluttered with close-ups, attention-getting camera abilities beyond judicious lighting, or mood music, the film builds to a long emotional finale of biblical parallel.

Full review…
New York Times

Both emotionally and intellectually the picture is hypnotic, and some portions will nail the spectator to his seat.

Full review…
David Parkinson
Radio Times

It's simply a masterpiece.

Full review…
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Dreyer's Ordet (1955) is far simpler than his previous films, taking place mostly in a single set, but also more complex.

Full review…
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A strange, wondrous and shocking work. Once seen, it's unlikely to leave you.

Full review…
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

The film unfolds in a confined space but there is nothing constrained or contained in its searching, intense approach and nothing dogmatic about its approach to its subject.

Full review…
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The greatest movie about religion.

Full review…
More reviews for Ordet (The Word)

Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
one of the most intense film experiences of my life, even tho it's fairly easy to tell what will happen from the very beginning. amazing
Drew Smith
A broad, deep, challenging film, but my least favorite of Dreyer's works that I've seen thus far. I thought it was poorly paced and long-winded. The… More
Devon Bott
In a little danish farming community, the word of Jesus Christ is debated and preached between rival classes of townfolk. Although all are christian, the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
An outstading piece of filmmaking. A religious experience, regardless of whether I believe in god or not, I was deeply moved by the story. It put me in contact… More
Cindy I
Could very well be the saddest movie I've ever seen, but at the same time uplifting and inspiring. Like most Carl Dreyer films it takes a while to get to… More
Christopher Mercer
Ordet is a film, based on a 1925 play, about the power of faith when all else fails. It's about a Danish family on a farm, their clashes in faith with… More