• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Ingmar Bergman
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 1972 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 19, 2001
  • Criterion Collection

Critic Review - Chicago Reader

The much-vaunted color symbolism is so obvious as to be almost charming in its simplicity, and the gothic ambience never really resonates.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (6)
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jay nuzum

Aug 30 - 12:47 PM


Fernando Chaves

Oct 27 - 10:08 AM


Joey Z


Jan 6 - 05:50 PM

Michael F.

Michael Fabiano

Dear Don Druker,

I just read your "review" of Ingmar Bergman's "Cries & Whispers" which you submitted towards the end of 2007, 35 years after the film. And it's very obvious that you don't know much about films, and don't know what in the world you're talking about with this film classic.

Perhaps the film took too much thinking for you. Boy are you ever WRONG on EVERYTHING that you said in your short bashing of it. I don't know where to begin with your inaccurate views. " the color symbolism is obvious in its simplicity . . . the gothic ambience never really resonates . . ."

My advice to you is to see the film again and try to understand the vibe of it. The ambience resonates so powerfully, it's mesmerizing. That's the silence of the house. The "whispers."

If you don't like art films, then don't post your comments about them on a site like Rotten Tomatoes, lowering a classic film's rating. Your paragraph of shallow observations sounds like that of people who only see average Hollywood mainstream movies with big stars like Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. People who see those movies would not understand, appreciate or enjoy a film like Bergman's.

After my father passed away a few years ago and I reunited with my siblings, nothing could be more real than the broken relationships that this film explores.
The "Cries" in the title are not only those of a dying woman, but the bickering, jealousy and regrets of her sisters, as they reflect back on the sins of their own lives.

All I can say is that me and at least a dozen people I know cherish this film and other's by Bergman as being the most powerful, emotionally intense masterworks in cinematic history.

Jun 15 - 12:22 AM


Kenneth W.

While I didn't like it either, I wouldn't call Bergman's color techniques 'obvious' at all.

Apr 25 - 05:57 PM

florian k.

florian kendi

all the critics from the Chicago readers are angry and they rebelled against Bergman. probably influenced by jonathan rosembaum who's angry maybe because Bergman called jean luc Godard a fucking bored. Mr. don drucker this is not a movie you can understand it's not your level go and review movies like twilight or transformer OK. this movie is a great movie.

Aug 6 - 02:52 PM

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