The New York Times has a positive review and says, "People may find it infuriating precisely because it's so intimidating, and it may leave you shaken. Be warned: it's a downer, and a knockout." Rolling Stone gives it 4 out of 4 stars and says, "no one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it." EW gave it an "A" and says it "may be one of the most disturbing movies ever made".
Roger Ebert gives it 3.5 out of 4 stars. Rotten Tomatoes has an audience rating of 93%.