Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26

Critic Reviews

  1. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    The movie may be the meditation of an old man, but rarely has a supreme artist's twilight been so richly illuminating. Faithless makes other films on the same subject seem clueless.
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    82-year-old Ingmar Bergman takes one of the most painful, shameful episodes of his own life and, writing for director Liv Ullmann, transmutes it into magical, brilliant artistry.
  3. A domestic tragedy of lacerating vision.
  4. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    A stunning drama that's distinguished by a magnificent performance; the most powerful scenes are those that play, as recollection or confession, on Lena Endre's lovely face.
  5. Complex, challenging and richly rewarding, it glows with the kind of wrenchingly selfless portrayals that are the hallmark of the Bergman classics.
    Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    It makes us realize, suddenly, and with immense regret, what the rest of contemporary cinema so sorely lacks.
  7. What's best about Faithless is its honesty, its lack of desire to ingratiate itself with the audience.
  8. 88
    Intriguing in the way it dances in and out of the shadow of Bergman's autobiography.
  9. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    The sometimes fatiguing slow flow in hour one is worth the labor because the power in this 2-hour triumph reveals itself gradually.
  10. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Ullmann's film is an achievement of heart and consequence, as full of integrity as Bergman, yet demonstrating more mercy.
  11. Ullmann has honed a too-long and sometimes relentless film that delves into the selfishness of passion but also captures the elusiveness and unpredictability of love.
  12. This attenuated two-and-a-half-hour reflection on marriage, adultery, parenthood and the casualties of sexual warfare unfolds like a brooding autobiographical epilogue to Mr. Bergman's much stormier 1973 masterpiece, "Scenes From a Marriage."
  13. Held together by the intensity of its focus.
  14. What she (Ullmann) does achieve is a couple of scenes of lacerating power.
  15. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Liv Ullmann, directing her second Bergman screenplay (after 1997’s “Private Confessions”), extracts every nuance from the tantalizing material.
  16. 80
    A mesmerizing deconstruction of the brute nature of love.
  17. 80
    Bergman's collaboration with Ullmann began when he directed her in "Persona" (1966). Here, with the roles nearly reversed, she shows herself as great an interpreter behind the camera.
  18. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Faithless, filmed mostly during Sweden's endless winter, will chill you to the bone.
  19. An intense, claustrophobic drama of love and infidelity.
  20. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Hits so hard because it feels so real.
  21. Much of the film is so wrenching there's no time for idle thoughts.
  22. Slate
    Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Faithless is almost entirely insight-free. Bergman gives no indication that he understands the link between his alter ego's "retroactive jealousy" and compulsive womanizing.
  23. 70
    Hence the fascination of Faithless: the tension between the script's dour puritanism--the craving of suffering, the wallowing in abstract guilt--and the earthy plenitude and innate sensuality of Ullmann's austere compositions.
  24. Much of what Faithless contains happens off-screen, told and retold as stories within stories, and so the actors typically work like oxen.

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