Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap)
Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap) (1974)

Marianne and Johan always seemed like the perfect couple. But when Johan suddenly leaves Marianne for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 15, 1974
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film is an uncompromisingly harrowing and honest account of male-female relationships.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Bergman's screenplay leaves nothing to the imagination and turns the film into a windy soap opera most of the time; what might have been a masterpiece in the TV original (although I doubt it) becomes in its truncated form mostly elegant mush.

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TV Guide

There is little plot to speak of -- the film's chief force lying in its dramatization of marital trauma -- but viewers will be deeply moved by the marvelous acting and the honesty of Bergman's screenplay.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the truest, most luminous love stories ever made.

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Duncan Fallowell
The Spectator

There is no beauty; instead, an oppressive emotional intensity which shuts out the spectator.

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Emanuel Levy

Reflecting the feminist movement, this raw, uncompromising anatomy of marriage, centers on Liv Ullmann's doubts, despair and confusion after her husband leaves her

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a movie of such extraordinary intimacy that it has the effect of breaking into mysterious components many things we ordinarily accept without thought, familiar and banal objects, faces, attitudes, and emotions, especially love.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Left so little to the imagination.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A dramatically absorbing and psychologically rich portrait of a couple whose intimate relationship is falling apart and evolving into something quite different.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This film almost tops Closer as one of the meanest films ever. Some of the dialogue and actions are so emotionally damaging that it defies description.… More
John Ballantine
Possibly one of the most accurate films about the beginnings of the end of marraige and the circumstances that bring it about. You can imagine similar stories… More
Cassandra Maples
Rarely can there have been a wordier, more intense film than Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes from a Marriage': over three hours of near-continuous… More
Jason Vargo
Six episodes over the course of one relationship, Scenes from a Marriage can be cruel, uncomfortable and embarrassing, but, ultimately, it is honest. The film… More
Tim Sigur
I watched the two hour and forty-five minute version of this film and maybe I am missing a lot. Either way, the acting is amazing throughout by the two leads.… More
Mike T.
Despite its brutal extremity, this is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of marriage to be committed to film. The painful insight and the layers of… More