Fanny & Alexander Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 5, 2009
One of the filmmaker's most personal and finely detailed works.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Lance Goldenberg
Village Voice
December 3, 2008
A sprawling, ornately constructed entertainment.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 1, 2008
This premiere of the original cut, running at 312 minutes, leaves room for more than a story of one life.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
January 8, 2008
Sumptuous, haunting, and unusually tender... a nakedly psychological 'in' to [Bergman's] earliest artistic impulses; nothing else in his oeuvre addresses so directly his childhood escapes into fantasy as the by-product of a harsh Lutheran upbringing.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 11, 2007
During its three hours, seasons come and go, friends and relatives gather for funerals, weddings and christenings, and all human life is here.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 10, 2007
Dickensian in its extravagant emotional power - with a hint of Charlotte Brontė - and some Chekhov in its melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Fortgang
Film4
August 10, 2007
Bergman at his most compelling, detailed and witty. An astonishing and deeply rewarding achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
August 10, 2007
An accomplished masterpiece, with excellent performances and rarely bettered direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 1, 2007
Immensely pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2007
The result is one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 1, 2007
A sumptuously produced period piece that is also a rich tapestry of childhood memoirs and moods, fear and fancy, employing all the manners and means of the best of cinematic theatrical from high and low comedy to darkest tragedy.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 31, 2007
An extraordinary drama about childhood and imagination as a passport out of dread and into mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
July 30, 2007
One of the Great Films by one of the Great Filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 3, 2006
Arguably Bergman's most accessible and upbeat work, this childhood fable is magical, personal, and poignant in the way that other masterpieces of the genre are.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a marvellously engrossing and thought-provoking film, filled with dazzling dramatic set-pieces and witty, knowing allusions to its creator's artistic conceits and deceits.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2005
The director's most accessible, and perhaps most personal film.
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
January 15, 2005
Utterly enthralling.
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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
November 5, 2004
A fitting introduction to the very personal cinema of this master craftsman, not only because it exhibits Bergman's signature themes and stylistic devices, but also because it is one of his most life-affirming films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
[Bergman] glides beyond the mere telling of his story into a kind of hypnotic series of events that have the clarity and fascination of dreams. Rarely have I felt so strongly during a movie that my mind had been shifted into a different kind of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2004
It is very much, and in the best way, an old man's movie, the work of an artist resigned to life's mystery, full of wonder at the passage of time, full of forgiveness for past wrongs, and full of understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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