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Saraband Reviews

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August 5, 2005
The performances are perfectly distilled, but the traits I dislike in Bergman are all here -- self-pity, brutality, spiritual constipation, and an unwillingness to try to overcome these difficulties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2004
Bergman hasn't lost his touch. But he has lost his vigor.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
July 21, 2005
The 85-year-old Bergman has proclaimed this his final film and it has the feel of closure. It also feels like the effort of a tired artist reworking the same themes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 5, 2005
Saraband, flat and static both visually and thematically, doesn't begin to approximate the austere beauty of the director's art-house classics.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 30, 2005
Bergman is an acquired taste. For my money, these folks are too self-involved and needy to sustain my interest.
July 16, 2005
The sight -- and sound -- of Johan with his head between the speakers listening to the brutal Scherzo from Bruckner's Ninth Symphony tells you all you need to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2012
It is existential gruel, ten portions of misery handed down from the master. Compelling and intense, it is also pitiless.
August 24, 2017
Certainly Bergman is what he is: the great man, with almost countless films to his credit.
August 4, 2005
Powerfully, painfully honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 7, 2005
The movie's title -- a lovely word that describes a sexy dance for two -- is either mordantly ironic or another instance of Bergman doffing his cap to the eros that courses through the most baleful of human relations.
August 25, 2005
Bergman is still at the top of his game, every bit as much in control of his faculties for deciphering human misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2005
An excoriating and revelatory experience, scrubbing away yet another layer of skin from the image that the director has created for himself.
July 18, 2005
This is just great filmmaking, great storytelling, and just stays with you for so long afterwards.
July 28, 2005
Like the Bach piece that gives it its title, Saraband is a stately, mournful movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2005
Ullmann and Josephson are old Bergman pros and have evidently learned, over the decades, how to act the roles he assigns them naturally and flawlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 5, 2008
Bergman has a sharp talent for observing human conflicts without claiming to fully understand them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2005
Like watching four people take turns trying to swim with one of the others clinging to an ankle. It's grim and gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
Saraband is a great masterpiece, and a true and fitting culmination to a major career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 28, 2008
So many great directors seem to go out with a whimper. Ingmar Bergman has gone out with a bang.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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