The Best Intentions Reviews

November 20, 2017
August keeps a discreet distance from the harsher realities, making The Best Intentions must viewing only if you find diluted Bergman better than no Bergman at all.
November 20, 2017
Though the level of acting is uniformly quite high, the true star of The Best Intentions is Bergman's script.
November 20, 2017
The performances, though, are superbly understated-particularly the two leads, as well as Norby as Anna's commanding mother.
September 7, 2011
The Best Intentions is the most moving film I've seen this year.
September 9, 2008
Bergman's script succinctly weaves in refs to themes explored in his own earlier films, notably the destructive force of worship when used as a crutch for human weaknesses.
January 26, 2006
With a running time of three hours, this weighty drama tests the most patient soul.
August 30, 2004
For a time, The Best Intentions captures the elements of a profoundly difficult and credible love story, one plagued by essential differences that cannot be resolved.
January 1, 2000
It remains a rare August pleasure, a film for grown-up audiences that challenges and enriches.
January 1, 2000
Realized beautifully by director Bille August, Intentions is a moving, profound requiem to all human relationships.