100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The cast is tremendous; these actors work with Resnais like a well-oiled stock company that knows every trick and can communicate almost telepathically.
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100

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Resnais employs all the tools of studio-bound moviemaking, silent-era to post-modern, in a way that is not only is consistently dazzling in a purely visual sense, but contains an empathy that lifts the picture to tragic heights even at those points at which it seems practically weightless.
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A masterpiece by any measure, is fresh, immediate and contemporary, but its wintry yet warm perspective is suffused with the wisdom and experience of a great filmmaker who turns 85 on June 2.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The grand old filmmaker frames each scene like a fine painting. And fake snow falls with happy artificiality between rueful vignettes.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Resnais cuts constantly between the various narrative threads, signaling each change of scene with a superimposed shower of snowflakes; it's a highly artificial device, and a deceptively lovely one that reinforces the sense that all Ayckbourn's characters are slowly succumbing to an emotional chill.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Clever, wise and witty.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This is a minor film from a master, which is disappointing, but nevertheless it has its charms, most notably in the acting by a cast of stage and screen veterans.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The film is beautifully shot and edited, but these emotional snapshots won't stay long in the memory.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Private Fears says that life is a smoldering holding pattern, but Resnais is gracious enough to blanket the embers with eternal snow.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Suffers from Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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