What you end up with is hardly vintage Wilder, but certainly one of those warm, comfortable movies it's nice to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon.
Ignore the critics who say this is one of Billy Wilder's minor works. It is a major movie, a masterpiece of romantic comedy, and it still looks as fresh as a daisy.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's a perfect soufflé of a movie -- or to borrow an apt phrase from Ian Anderson, it's a 'breath of champagne on a sparkling night.'
A charming reworking of the classic Cinderella story, Billy Wilder's Sabrina featurs a terrific cast, headed by William Holden, Humphrey Bogart (in a comedy role!), and best of all Audrey Hepburn.
| Original Score: B+
Sabrina, much like its characters, follows conventions rather than challenges them.
| Original Score: 68/100
This is never less than glittering entertainment, but somehow a certain measure of lead has found its way into the formula.
it's odd that Wilder's script lacks a sharpness to balance all the love that's in the air
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sure, it takes a familiar road, but there's certainly enough bubbling under the surface to keep the heart of the film relevant and appealing more than a half-century later.
...a classy fairy tale, with plenty of sparkle amid the occasional fizz.
| Original Score: 7/10
Script is long on glibly quipping dialog, dropped with a seemingly casual air, and broadly played situations. The splendid trouping delivers them style. Leavening the chuckles are tugs at the heart.
A perfect Audrey Hepburn vehicle.
... the results were satisfying, as Bogart played drawing-room comedy with aplomb.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Wilder's tastelessness now seems his major artistic strength.
Bogey and Hepburn - classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Just as much chilling as it's witty.
| Original Score: B-
It's a Cinderella story that gets turned on its head, a satire about breaking down class and emotional barriers, and a confrontation between New World callousness and Old World humanity.
A semi-classic for the semi-literate.
A frothy delight.
| Original Score: 4/4
Leave it to Billy Wilder to try to capture Roman Holiday's lightning in a bottle with Sabrina
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Skip the Harrison Ford remake and go straight to this original classic.
| Original Score: 5/5