The Silence
The Silence (1963)

The third film in the Ingmar Bergman trilogy beginning with Through a Glass Darkly and Winter Light, this movie follows the sisters Ester (Ingrid Thulin) and Anna (Gunnel Lindblom) as they travel to their Swedish home in the company of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

One of his most perfectly realized efforts.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Truly intense and cinematically arresting.

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TV Guide

Like so many of Bergman's films, this work wanders between the pretentious and the profound.

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Variety Staff

There is not much dialogue, almost no music, but the sex scenes have vigor and primitive power, to say the least.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Bergman's best realized psychological dramas.

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Christopher Null

It's a film, masterfully told but reliant on your patience, about isolation, indignation, and unspoken resentment of family obligations.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Unfortunately, Mr. Bergman has not given us enough to draw on, to find the underlying meaning or emotional satisfaction in this film.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A bleak study of psycho-sexual cruelty, delivered with predictable brilliance by Bergman and Nykvist.

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Immensely powerful, and among the most disturbing of Bergman's works.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007
Cassandra Maples
Do not be put off by some reactions to this movie. It is not easy to watch, as it is light on plot and deliberately obscure in places. But if you can go with… More
danny d
i'll be in the minority in this among bergman fans, but i don't find much about this film i enjoy. the imagery is completely stunning, and the effect… More
Ken Stachnik
Bergman at his most Bergman-esqe. This Swedish art film set on the brink of WW3 examines the silence of god and lesbian incest. A heavy stylistic influence on… More
Robert C
Last in the "Silent God" trilogy and certainly the most surreal. A very bleak and slightly claustrophobic look at two sisters traveling home… More
Dillon Lupky
Not as emotionally enticing or as thematically poigant. Good acting in here though with some interesting questions raised, and I suppose somewhat innovative in… More