The Touch
The Touch (1971)

This was famed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's first English-language film, the story of a contented young wife and mother whose marriage is disrupted by an inexplicable attraction. Bergman regular Bibi Andersson plays Karin Vergerus,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 14, 1971
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The Touch is both a romantic film of great poignancy and strength and an example of masterful cinema honed down to deceptively simple near-perfection.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Although it is often oblique, the drama is without mystery, and sometimes ridiculously blunt.

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TIME Magazine

When a film of Bergman's does not measure up to the exacting standards he has set for himself, the disappointment may be slightly disproportionate. It is not any the less acute.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Not only a disappointment but an unexpected failure of tone from a director to whom tone has usually been second nature.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Not exactly Bergman at his best, but still well worth a look.

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TV Guide

If you see only one Bergman movie in your life, don't let this be it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
It's the story of a married woman falling in love with another man. The married couple - Max von Sydow and Bibi Andersson - does live in fine rapport,… More
Eric Broome
Director Ingmar Bergman made only two English-language films, "The Touch" (1971) and "The Serpent's Eye" (1977). Neither are… More