That Cecil B. DeMille has proven himself one of the foremost directors on the screen has long been recognised. It looks as if he has excelled himself with MALE AND FEMALE […]. MALE AND FEMALE is Cecil B. DeMille’s achievement any way you look at. it. True he has incorporated Barrie’s underlying thought that English life is divided by sharp contrasts – that equality does not figure in it except in moments of extremity. And when stressful events are over things are as they were in the beginning.
Master and mistress become the servants and the butler and maid preside when all are cast upon a Crusoe island in the South Seas. Remarkably thrilling is this wreck and the suspensive moments contained in the scene are intermingled with flashes of humor […].
It is a remarkable picture, this MALE AND FEMALE. The story is well told, the acting is of a superior order despite the fact that most of the players do not suggest Britishers, and it is produced with a lavish disregard of expense. It is rich in details and atmosphere and realistic strokes and there is a story interest that keeps one fascinated.
Laurence Reid, Motion Picture News, December 6, 1919