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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

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  1. AndyS.
    Jul 30, 2001
    8
    Takes some time getting traction, and the last half hour packs a few too many twists to sustain the dramatic tension (it becomes faintly ridiculous), but several scenes are as powerful as anything in Bergman's work. In particular, the confrontation scene (you'll know what I mean if you see this movie) has the visceral impact and weird, totally unique tone of great drama.
  2. YoonMinC.
    Sep 27, 2003
    10
    Perhaps Bergman's best though, oddly enough, it was directed by one his main actresses, Liv Ullmann, which raises a question about the validity of the auteur theory; indeed, who is the main author of this masterpiece? Perhaps, and ironically, what makes this movie work so beautifully is the cooperation between a man and woman on the subject of breakup of man and woman. As wriitten by Perhaps Bergman's best though, oddly enough, it was directed by one his main actresses, Liv Ullmann, which raises a question about the validity of the auteur theory; indeed, who is the main author of this masterpiece? Perhaps, and ironically, what makes this movie work so beautifully is the cooperation between a man and woman on the subject of breakup of man and woman. As wriitten by Bergman and directed by Ullmann, this film is more richly balanced and nuanced than would have been otherwise as an entirely male enterprise. Bergman has been one of the towering, absolute greats of modern cinema though criminally underappreciated by the newer generation of critics who prefer the likes of Preston Sturges and Douglas Sirk. Yet, even Bergman's finest films suffered from an overly arch style and sensibility, the tendency for heavy symbolism or obtuse abstraction. But, Faithless is free of such things and like the great Best Intentions(also directed by another), it simply and honestly explores the nature of love between man and woman. It's life unembellished by artiness that calls attention to itself. The title Faithless has several meanings; the film is about infidelity but it's also a condemnation of Bergman's own failure as a person; he had rebelled against his overly pious reverend father but as a nonbelieving secularist he was not only Faithless toward god but toward fellow man. A classic among classics. Expand
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 77
    Faithless, filmed mostly during Sweden's endless winter, will chill you to the bone.
  2. 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.
  3. 88
    Intriguing in the way it dances in and out of the shadow of Bergman's autobiography.