"Almost half a century on, Red Desert remains a film of rare beauty and brooding erotic intensity."
— Robbie Collin Daily, Telegraph (UK)
"Michelangelo Antonioni's first film in color, from 1964, is his most mysterious and awe-inspiring work."
— Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Antonioni's sense of design and how the environment inevitably influences his characters is masterly."
— Derek Malcolm, London Evening Standard
"Red Desert is Antonioni's clearest, most striking statement of purpose - and one of cinema's great films."
— Andrew Schenker, Little White Lies
"Perhaps the most extraordinary and riveting film of Antonioni's entire career; and correspondingly impossible to synopsise."
— Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Thematically, Red Desert is a distillation of Antonioni's preferred themes and imagery: alienation, anxiety, modern life, and industrialized landscapes."
— Jaime N. Christley. Slant Magazine
"Intimations of infection loom (ships pass waving polio quarantine flags) and sexual games are played, but Antonioni was then the most obsessively compositional filmmaker alive, and the movie is all about the scary, foggy, metaphysical negative spaces."
— Michael Atkinson, Village Voice