"Don't you think I understand? The hopeless dream of being. Not seeming, but being."It's available to watch online at Youtube.
The book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die includes it. Empire includes it on their list of 100 Best Films Of World Cinema and says it's "visually stunning, intellectually challenging and emotionally wrenching". TimeOut concludes, "Not an easy film, but an infinitely rewarding one". MOMA writes,
In many ways, Bergman is questioning the medium itself, to which he devoted his life (in spite of forays into opera and theater). How much truth or reality can the camera show? How much can an artist reveal? And the question always with Bergman: how much “universal pain,” as Robin Wood puts it, can the audience stand and understand?DVD Talk calls it "perhaps Ingmar Bergman's most abstract picture". Roger Ebert has it on his Great Movies list and says, ""Persona" (1966) is a film we return to over the years, for the beauty of its images and because we hope to understand its mysteries. It is apparently not a difficult film: ... I think I understand that the best approach to "Persona" is a literal one." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics rating of 92%.