The Serpent's Egg
The Serpent's Egg (1978)

The Serpent's Egg, or Das Schlangenei is director Ingmar Bergman's second English language production (The Touch was his first). It is, however, his first completely non-Swedish production, made after his voluntary self-exile from… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 15, 1978
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The Serpent's Egg lacks both the strength and depth of Bergman's major work. By going outwardly international, the master becomes perilously close to becoming shallow as well.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is a cry of pain and protest, a loud and jarring assault, but it is not a statement and it is certainly not a whole and organic work of art.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an awkward, damp and barren film with miscast stars and filled with pretentious dialogue.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Bergman's paranoia runs dementedly and tediously out of control.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ingmar Bergman comes very close to camp in this 1977 study of life (or lack thereof) in the decaying Berlin of the 20s.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Serpent's Egg (1977) was Bergman's only English-language film, and it's also one of his most bitterly depressing and impenetrable.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A melodrama that never quite makes any connection to the characters within it.

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Fernando F. Croce

Bergman's magic lantern now documents horrific experiments

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TV Guide

A heavy film, but lacking the insight of much of Bergman's other work.

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Cassandra Maples
The Serpent's Egg (1977) is one of director Ingmar Bergman's most flawed and problematic pictures; the kind of film that impresses us with its grand… More
Eric Broome
A rare Ingmar Bergman film that leans on plot over characterization, "The Serpent's Egg" is an atypical melodrama set in 1923 Berlin. Inflation… More
Ivan Descartin
I am really not quite sure what really is "The Serpent's Egg" more weighing flaw: The whole alienating premise of the film or David… More