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Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

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  1. Oct 7, 2014
    An immensely pleasurable epic, and swansong by Bergman as a film director. I haven't seen the TV series yet, but once you get past the first 25 minutes of setting up the piece and making the introductions to the characters, you're caught, hook, line and sinker, for the full 189 minutes, in its investigations of the truth behind the familial ties that bind, and the powers of them amongst love, mercy and the supernatural. A remarkable script superbly acted, plotted and shot. It certainly deserved its 4 Oscars, and dare I say, had it been an American film, it probably would have won a heap more. Intensely recommended. Expand
  2. Feb 4, 2012
    A masterpiece. If the uncut Fanny and Alexander is Bergman's greatest work, as I think, it's because it's his most inclusive. He shows almost everything: all his moods, conflicts, styles and many of his favourite actors. The movie is astonishingly beautiful. The cinematography is by Bergman's longtime collaborator Sven Nykvist. Excellent period piece, beautiful color,rather complex, several stories in one. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. 100
    The result was one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The results are quite frightening and far superior to the lengthy gloom and doom that fill many earlier Bergman films. A magical movie, Fanny and Alexander is likely to be the achievement for which Bergman will be most remembered. (Review of Original Release)
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Emerges as 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 with detours into the gothic, the ghostly and the gruesome. (Review of Original Release)