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Cries and Whispers Reviews

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David Keyes
September 10, 2013
Some have called it the most painful movie he ever made, and it is easy to see why: the three sisters at the center have lost the wisdom of compassion and replaced it with unending pathos.
Emanuel Levy
March 7, 2011
Starring Sweden's best actresses, this is one of Ingmar Bergman's undisputed masterpieces, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 11, 2007
It's a beautifully photographed but painful film to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2007
The much-vaunted color symbolism is so obvious as to be almost charming in its simplicity, and the gothic ambience never really resonates.
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Variety Staff
August 1, 2007
Ingmar Bergman's dark vision of the human condition has focused on individuals incapable of real inter-personal communications except on the most primitive level.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Bergman's hour remains resolutely that of the wolf.
Mark Athitakis
November 26, 2005
the hushed, interior tone fails to generate much drama, and the tension never explodes
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
October 7, 2005
A stunning piece of pure cinema by a master filmmaker.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2005
A masterpiece of color and mood.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
April 20, 2004
The most haunting death story in the movies, exquisitely photographed, like a reverie just before the afterlife.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Relentlessly discursive and somber, also hauntingly elliptical and exquisitely crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It stands alone and it reduces almost everything else you're likely to see this season to the size of a small cinder.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 4, 2002
A timeless classic for every film student.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
September 19, 2002
In order to understand why Cries and Whispers is a great film, it must be experienced, not merely watched.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 26, 2002
Bergman never made another film this painful. To see it is to touch the extremes of human feeling. It is so personal, so penetrating of privacy, we almost want to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
A vast, open wound of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 14, 2002
A Swedish film by Ingmar Bergman where two sisters have returned to the family mansion to be present at their sister's death.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 25, 2001
Even though you won't remember significant dialogue, you are certain to retain those agonizing visuals that communicate the agony of a tortured soul.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 25, 2001
Bergman's mastery of the cinematic medium allows him to convey this inner battle with minimal physical activity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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