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Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) Reviews

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Ted Whitehead
The Spectator
September 28, 2015
[Bergman's] self conscious, immensely grave direction suggests some statement about the meaning of life and all that. It is all exquisitely tedious.
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Of course Bergman's actresses suffer superbly in microscopic close-up, but the nagging doubt persists as to whether this is incisive psychodrama or just those old nordic blues again.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 23, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 15, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 6, 2014
A simple but extremely powerful and focused drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jon Fortgang
Film4
May 24, 2003
With its raw performances and lyrical dialogue this is a sombre, resonant, lingering drama about family dysfunction and emotional frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
[It] absolutely overwhelms our senses and becomes for 92 minutes the only reality we can know.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
A stunningly accomplished chamber drama from Ingmar Bergman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 20, 2003
Probes in an intelligent and affecting way the ambivalent feelings in mother-daughter relationships
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 20, 2007
This very good Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman film is very easy to love for its honesty and passion ...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 5, 2001
Autumn Sonata can finally be seen as an austerely beautiful meditation on death and the not-always-realized possibility of reconciliation across generations.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 16, 2010
This is not a comfortable movie, but it isn't meant to be. It's a difficult work, but that very difficulty is what makes it rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 15, 2013
has a steady, accumulating power, and while it ranks high among Bergman's dramas, it is not quite a masterpiece, at least not on the level of Cries and Whispers (1972) and Scenes From a Marriage (1973), his signature films of the period.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
March 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Athitakis
Filmcritic.com
May 23, 2005
Though Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman aren't related, their pairing on a movie set was a long-anticipated event
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 26, 2005
Ingrid Bergman won her last Oscar nomination for her very last feature in this intense mother-daughter melodrama, directed by Ingmar Bergman.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2007
The movie makes good chamber music: it's a crafted miniature with Bergman's usual bombast built, for once, into the plot requirements.
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