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Chicago Reader by
Survives more as a social document than a genuinely compelling drama.
We rarely see films that are so loaded in meaning and symbolism yet subdued in action. It’s a treat to be sure, one that can be relished seventy years on with renewed fervour.
The New York Times by
An uncommonly good little picture.
Shockingly modern in sensibility, construction, and execution, Brief Encounter is very different from what one thinks of as a David Lean movie, whose historical epics have come to define posh, mid-century, cinematic excellence.
The A.V. Club by
Encounter remains the definition of timeless, a beautifully shot, heartbreakingly acted, minutely detailed illustration of thoroughly recognizable human frailty.
The Guardian by
The film is thrillingly, unapologetically about decency and honour, about, as Laura heartrendingly puts it, controlling oneself.
Time Out by
David Lean's wondrous romance, adapted from Noel Coward's story, is one of the most emotionally devastating movies of all time.
Finding love at an old age isn't always easy, but when Emmi meets Ali, both their lives are changed.
After four jewel thieves execute a perfect heist, they learn the hard part is getting away with it.
We follow Pip, and orphan in Victorian England, as he learns the ways of high society.
A story of exquisite yearning in a strange and beautiful land. Towering over the screen ... as the mountains that saw it happen.
Not all fairy tales are for children.
Widower Shukichi feels obligated to marry off his only daughter.
A Motion Picture For Ever...
A secretary from Ohio takes a solo trip to Venice, as she hopes to take advantage of her dream vacation.