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Fanny & Alexander Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
[Bergman] glides beyond the mere telling of his story into a kind of hypnotic series of events that have the clarity and fascination of dreams. Rarely have I felt so strongly during a movie that my mind had been shifted into a different kind of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
January 8, 2008
Sumptuous, haunting, and unusually tender... a nakedly psychological 'in' to [Bergman's] earliest artistic impulses; nothing else in his oeuvre addresses so directly his childhood escapes into fantasy as the by-product of a harsh Lutheran upbringing.
Cole Smithey
October 1, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2005
The director's most accessible, and perhaps most personal film.
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Variety Staff
August 1, 2007
A sumptuously produced period piece that is also a rich tapestry of childhood memoirs and moods, fear and fancy, employing all the manners and means of the best of cinematic theatrical from high and low comedy to darkest tragedy.
Jon Fortgang
August 10, 2007
Bergman at his most compelling, detailed and witty. An astonishing and deeply rewarding achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a marvellously engrossing and thought-provoking film, filled with dazzling dramatic set-pieces and witty, knowing allusions to its creator's artistic conceits and deceits.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
July 30, 2007
One of the Great Films by one of the Great Filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 31, 2007
An extraordinary drama about childhood and imagination as a passport out of dread and into mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 1, 2007
Immensely pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 18, 2004
Bergman's 1982 career summation and the kind of rich, timeless, cautionless magnum opus we can only receive, like benedictions, from artists who've paid their generation's dues of sweat, risk, tears, and honesty.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2004
It is very much, and in the best way, an old man's movie, the work of an artist resigned to life's mystery, full of wonder at the passage of time, full of forgiveness for past wrongs, and full of understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
July 15, 2004
A ghost story whose subjects are the living and the dead, magic and imagination and the nature of God.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 1, 2008
This premiere of the original cut, running at 312 minutes, leaves room for more than a story of one life.
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
January 15, 2005
Utterly enthralling.
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Lance Goldenberg
Village Voice
December 3, 2008
A sprawling, ornately constructed entertainment.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
July 2, 2004
a rich and surprisingly peaceful coda to one of film's most illustrious careers.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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