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Fanny & Alexander Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Lance Goldenberg
Village Voice
December 3, 2008
A sprawling, ornately constructed entertainment.
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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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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2007
The result is one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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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.
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
January 15, 2005
Utterly enthralling.
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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
November 5, 2004
A fitting introduction to the very personal cinema of this master craftsman, not only because it exhibits Bergman's signature themes and stylistic devices, but also because it is one of his most life-affirming films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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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
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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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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A big, dark, beautiful, generous family chronicle, which touches on many of the themes from earlier films while introducing something that, in Bergman, might pass for serenity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5