Cowards Bend the Knee might be [Maddin’s] masterwork. It feels like a signpost work, a summary of Maddin’s techniques and obsessions… Filmmakers will want to see Cowards twice just to appreciate its cutting. Maddin and his adventurous editor, John Gurdebeke, see past mere continuity and embrace editing’s poetic and descriptive potential. The result is a movie that seems truly alive, one that appears to ripple through its own contents like a dreaming mind considering itself.
Matt Zoller Seitz
September 19, 2011