Cries and Whispers
Cries and Whispers (1972)

This grim but unforgettable film stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Andersson turns to her housekeeper Kari Sylwan for comfort;… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 1972
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The much-vaunted color symbolism is so obvious as to be almost charming in its simplicity, and the gothic ambience never really resonates.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It stands alone and it reduces almost everything else you're likely to see this season to the size of a small cinder.

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David Keyes

Some have called it the most painful movie he ever made, and it is easy to see why: the three sisters at the center have lost the wisdom of compassion and replaced it with unending pathos.

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Variety Staff

Ingmar Bergman's dark vision of the human condition has focused on individuals incapable of real inter-personal communications except on the most primitive level.

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James Berardinelli

In order to understand why Cries and Whispers is a great film, it must be experienced, not merely watched.

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Emanuel Levy

Starring Sweden's best actresses, this is one of Ingmar Bergman's undisputed masterpieces, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar

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Time Out

Bergman's hour remains resolutely that of the wolf.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Bergman never made another film this painful. To see it is to touch the extremes of human feeling. It is so personal, so penetrating of privacy, we almost want to look away.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a beautifully photographed but painful film to watch.

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John Ballantine
Another beautiful film from Bergman. We will all continue to miss his work.
Cassandra Maples
In a perfect demonstration that horror and trauma are the stuff of real, everyday life and not the macabre vision of fantasists, Cries and Whispers marked… More
Antonius Block
I absolutely adore Bergman, but have to be honest. This is the least enjoyable film by him that I've watched, and it's hard to fathom how highly… More
Dillon Lupky
Gorgeously filmed, and emotionally resonant. Not the best Bergman film I've seen, but a great film still. Frightening, hypnotic, contemplative, and even… More
Daniel Dolgin
The underlying color of this notorious Ingmar Bergman film was red. Red, as in the red associated with blood, anguish,envy,Satan, anyways it's not a… More