Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika)
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"One of Bergman's early triumphs."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Bergman would be no more adept a pornographer than he would be at filming hip-hop, but his camera did stare at the human surface with an intentness unmatched since von Sternberg rhapsodized over Marlene Dietrich."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"In the annals of Early Bergman, Summer with Monika is The Big One. The irony is that it's among the slightest of his works."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Film Freak Central
"A sensual elegy along the lines of Ovid's 'Amores' and very much a movie about photographing Harriet Andersson"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Subtle but sharply observed, it remains one of Bergman's most watchable and rewarding dramas."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"More than 50 years after its first screening in America, Monika arrives in New York again to light up the screen, this time without a trace of impropriety."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A tender yet unsentimental account of a love affair that turns sour."
‑ , Time Out
"Bergman fans will discover that it's not a typical film of his, and is rather more realistic than his later films, and some would call it "minor." But by any standards, it's an excellent film, gorgeously made and emotionally powerful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's one of Bergman's most natural, carnal and accessible films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Thanks to international distributors sensationalizing its sexual frankness, this bittersweet drama of ill-fated first love helped establish Ingmar Bergman as a filmmaker."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bergman's tale of heedless teenage love is a sort of neorealist Rebel Without a Cause -- except that sex is acknowledged and the outlaw is a girl."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"His first film with Andersson shows a developing ability to probe the psychology of a rich, vital woman without losing his objectivity."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Bergman's key international breakthrough"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A fully realized Bergman psychodrama, rather than an early model for his later work."
‑ Benjamin Sutton, New York Press
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