The Best Intentions Reviews

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November 20, 2017
August keeps a discreet distance from the harsher realities, making The Best Intentions must viewing only if you find diluted Bergman better than no Bergman at all.
November 20, 2017
Though the level of acting is uniformly quite high, the true star of The Best Intentions is Bergman's script.
November 20, 2017
The performances, though, are superbly understated-particularly the two leads, as well as Norby as Anna's commanding mother.
September 7, 2011
The Best Intentions is the most moving film I've seen this year.
September 9, 2008
Bergman's script succinctly weaves in refs to themes explored in his own earlier films, notably the destructive force of worship when used as a crutch for human weaknesses.
January 26, 2006
With a running time of three hours, this weighty drama tests the most patient soul.
January 4, 2018
By the end, we no longer know why characters are choosing to leave or stay, live or die. Even more depressingly, the director follows suit, allowing scenes to ramble on well past their bedtime, and the film loses its grip.
November 20, 2017
Throughout, Bergman sets up a series of vivid, literate confrontations involving Frler, August and other articulated characters. Director August stages these tense, intimate, emotional wrestling matches with naturalistic fervor.
July 8, 2016
... finely observed and exquisitely acted ...
December 21, 2005
Though Bergman only wrote (but didn't direct), the film is permeated with his unique angst and thematic concerns, and casting Pernilla August in a major role establishes strong link to Fanny and Alexander, in which she played the servant.
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