A Delicate Balance (1973)



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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.


Critic Reviews for A Delicate Balance

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (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.

Nov 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.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | 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.

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

Paul Scofield's performance is perfect. He is an actor who understands the nuances of a role, who can be restrained without being dull, emotional without being hammy.

Jan 15, 2004 | Full Review…

Laden with insight, wit and touches of poetry... a cast of masterful actors delivering peak performances

Feb 25, 2003

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