Saraband

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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  1. DanaM.
    Jul 24, 2005
    6
    If the subtitles don't get in the way, the emotional extremes and sexual deviancy just might. The acting is exceptional. The movie story is written in acts, as if it were written for a play. Liv Ullman talks directly to the audience which can be distracting. Even though the dialogue doesn't directly address it, it's understood that the father is having sexual relations with If the subtitles don't get in the way, the emotional extremes and sexual deviancy just might. The acting is exceptional. The movie story is written in acts, as if it were written for a play. Liv Ullman talks directly to the audience which can be distracting. Even though the dialogue doesn't directly address it, it's understood that the father is having sexual relations with his teenage daughter, sleeping in the same bed. For a group of people living in isolation, these people need to get to a psychiatrist pronto. A movie to rent. Expand
  2. Dr.Suess
    Sep 14, 2005
    4
    Bergman can do so much better than this.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    Saraband makes for a powerful and poignant final roar from the grand old man of cinema--the movies' lion king.
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    One could literally milk a thesaurus in trying to find the right words to lavish on Saraband: brilliant, towering, majestic, challenging, remarkable.
  3. If ultimately the highly talky Saraband comes across as a minor entry in the canon, it nonetheless marks a dignified farewell for one of cinema's greatest directors.