Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika) Reviews

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central
August 3, 2012
In the annals of Early Bergman, Summer with Monika is The Big One. The irony is that it's among the slightest of his works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 6, 2012
Bergman fans will discover that it's not a typical film of his, and is rather more realistic than his later films, and some would call it "minor." But by any standards, it's an excellent film, gorgeously made and emotionally powerful.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 14, 2012
Bergman's key international breakthrough
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
October 24, 2011
A sensual elegy along the lines of Ovid's 'Amores' and very much a movie about photographing Harriet Andersson
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 29, 2010
It's one of Bergman's most natural, carnal and accessible films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Benjamin Sutton
New York Press
November 14, 2007
A fully realized Bergman psychodrama, rather than an early model for his later work.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 14, 2007
More than 50 years after its first screening in America, Monika arrives in New York again to light up the screen, this time without a trace of impropriety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 13, 2007
Bergman's tale of heedless teenage love is a sort of neorealist Rebel Without a Cause -- except that sex is acknowledged and the outlaw is a girl.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 30, 2007
Bergman would be no more adept a pornographer than he would be at filming hip-hop, but his camera did stare at the human surface with an intentness unmatched since von Sternberg rhapsodized over Marlene Dietrich.
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Time Out
July 30, 2007
A tender yet unsentimental account of a love affair that turns sour.
Jon Fortgang
July 30, 2007
Subtle but sharply observed, it remains one of Bergman's most watchable and rewarding dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2007
His first film with Andersson shows a developing ability to probe the psychology of a rich, vital woman without losing his objectivity.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 29, 2006
Thanks to international distributors sensationalizing its sexual frankness, this bittersweet drama of ill-fated first love helped establish Ingmar Bergman as a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 14, 2007
One of Bergman's early triumphs.
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