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In their nice Connecticut home, Agnes (Katharine Hepburn) and Tobias (Paul Scofield) have grown used to the imperfection and fragility of their marriage. Quietly nursing their grief over the death of their son, they get by well enough together. Agnes' boozy sister wanders in and out, and they allow anxiety-stricken friends to move into an upstairs room. But, when their daughter, Julia (Lee Remick), shows up announcing her fourth divorce, long-repressed emotions come to the surface.

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Critic Reviews for A Delicate Balance

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (3)

  • If only the cast of magnificent actors appearing in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance could be transported to another film before our eyes, we might see something marvelous -- instead of suffering a sense of waste.

    November 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The cast on show is unbeatable. They make the whole grinding affair bearable, but you'll still get a stiff neck.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The American Film Theater engaged Tony Richardson to make the play into a movie, and he has delivered with a fine, tough, lacerating production.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • [A Delicate Balance has] a cast of stars that not even excesses of makeup and hideous costume design can transform into mutually related characters.

    June 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Regardless the combination of Hepburn, Scofield and Reid is enough to delicately balance the scales against the script's failings.

    December 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This second in a series of Ely Landau-filmed stage plays for a subscription sales system is an unfortunately stiff, dull, and extremely stagy screen adaptation of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

    November 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Delicate Balance

  • Oct 24, 2020
    I understand why people feel like this is a little too stage bound in execution as Tony Richardson's direction is more subtle than usual but I think that's missing the point. In order for the more absurd elements to work everything needs to appear more mundane. The whole cast is doing exactly what Albee's difficult play requires.
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