A Delicate Balance

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Based on Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a dysfunctional New England family, this should have been a better play than it is. Somewhat stilted and formal, it is the story of a family who live together on fantasies and illusions--a lifestyle which is severely compromised when uninvited guests arise and disrupt the precarious balance in which they live.

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Critic Reviews for A Delicate Balance

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  • 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…

    Steve Grant

    Time Out
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  • 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…

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