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May 23, 2016
The chemistry between actors is one of the most important ingredients in love stories and it was definitely not that great between Bogart and Hepburn in this one. That said, the movie is still surprisingly enjoyable, because it's so well made.
½ October 16, 2013
The Larrabees are a wealthy family, living in a palatial estate on Long Island. Oldest brother Linus (played by Humphrey Bogart) is the formal, dour businessman, running the family company. David (William Holden) is a playboy. Among the staff living on the estate is the family chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams), and his shy, awkward, plain daughter, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn). Sabrina has had a crush on David for most of her life but he has hardly noticed her. Sabrina goes to study in Paris and comes back, two years later, a changed woman. She's sophisticated and beautiful and soon catches David's eye. However, David is engaged to Elizabeth Tyson (Martha Hyer), the daughter of a business mogul whose company Linus wants to merge with that of the Larrabees. If Sabrina wrecks the David-Elizabeth relationship it would likely spell the end of the business merger. Linus sets out to prevent Sabrina from getting in the way but in the process falls for her himself.

Directed by one of the all-time greats, Billy Wilder, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden this movie oozes class and style.

Substance is in shorter supply, however.

Plot is charming though a bit clumsy and not entirely solid. Some elements were too convenient or too contrived. Bogart and Holden were too old for their roles and Bogart seems overly stiff as Linus.

However, Audrey Hepburn more than makes up for this, bringing beauty, sweetness, charm and elegance and lighting up the screen.

Overall, a good romantic-drama, but hardly a classic.
½ January 1, 2014
Deserving of classic status just as a vehicle for Audrey Hepburn, at her most beguiling. Unfortunately, she has little chemistry with Bogart, who seems far too old for a plausible romance. And despite being written and directed by Billy Wilder, it's a little dull.
February 17, 2016
Sabrina is such a charming and beautiful to look at movie. It is definitely too predictable and lacks substance plus the chemistry between the duo should have been stronger, but the humor is so good, the romance is so sweet and the performances from Bogart, Holden and Hepburn are all terrific leading to a heartwarming, effervescent and an absolutely delightful romantic comedy.
½ December 20, 2015
Audrey Hepburn is at her stunning best in this gentle and easy to watch romantic comedy. Humphrey Bogart is so believable with a face that is etched with Character and is able to play the role of the middle aged businessman who has been too busy to find love so well. Seeing William Holden as the dashing young man is just so different from the man who stars several decades later in the towering inferno. Hard to imagine that Bogart was only 2 years away from his death from a smoking related oesophageal lung cancer when this movie opened. Then again..... EVERYONE is a smoker in this film!
October 25, 2015
A light-hearted romantic comedy with a slightly callous undertone. Adurey Hepburn is Sabrina, the young-adult daughter of the chauffeur to the wealthy Larabee family. Since she was a little girl, she's had a crush on David Larabee (William Holden), the younger, dilettante brother. When David, who is engaged to the heiress of plastics company with which the Larabee company wants to merge, notices that Sabrina has grown into a beautiful young woman, older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) steps in to save the wedding and the merger by pretending to woo Sabrina. It's just business. Things go astray when Linus is a bit too good at his job.

Although I'd have to say the casting of Bogart and Holden as brothers isn't really believable, the dialogue is snappy and witty and, for an older movie, the pacing is brisk. Excellent cinematography throughout.
July 29, 2015
It doesn't try too hard, which makes it all the more pleasent to watch. It's funny, has Humphrey Bogart, and brings original rom-com to life.
May 31, 2015
Beautiful romantic comedy with the most beautiful acress.
March 31, 2015
My favorite Audrey Hepburn movie (so far).
January 29, 2015
A great example of Audrey Hepburn at her absolute best. Full review later.
January 15, 2015
"Sabrina" has a quirky and hard to pin charm to it. The screenplay is a bit uneven, a slow and odd start gives way to a second act sizzling with zinging one liners, hilarious situations, and surprising heart. Audrey Hepburn elevates her material as a young chauffeur's daughter in love with a rich young heir, while Humphrey Bogart feels miscast as the elder brother in regards to age (though this oddly elevates the comedic material) he in fact is perfectly cast as, well, Humphrey Bogart. Our stars sell us this quirky story that takes advantage of the often boring and cliche love triangle situation, milking ambiguity for all its worth. Though a slight materialistic streak may bother some, "Sabrina" is an oddly endearing and enjoyable love story in the old tradition.
½ December 25, 2014
Non sono un grande fan della Hepburn e dei suoi film, ma in questo caso il film un po' pi articolato del solito e pure il ruolo di lei sembra un po' meno sciocco della media dei film americani dell'epoca; inoltre il film anche abbastanza divertente (sempre secondo i canoni degli anni 50).
December 6, 2014
Sabrina isn't sufficiently funny or thought provoking enough in order to justify its trite subject matter, which seems to want to appear as though it's challenging conventions while unfortunately succumbing unto them. I will however, admit that for all the soapy, sappy love triangles over-saturating theaters today, this is tenfold more clever and entertaining, though being more clever than garbage isn't a hugely notable feat.
January 15, 2013
Hepburn and Bogart's chemistry is a romantic gem.
½ August 27, 2014
Such a treat! Beautiful, gentle, funny, and clever. Audrey Hepburn is radiant and I can't believe I went 28 years without her.
November 23, 2009
Perfect romance movie a must see
August 30, 2014
Admittedly formulaic but it is deeply charming and Bogart is fantastic in a surprisingly offbeat role
½ August 18, 2014
Wilder's screwball-esque romance is more than just a star-studded crowd pleaser, but a viable examination of class relationships.
August 2, 2014
Couldn't get past the first 20 minutes.
½ December 29, 2012
A fun film, even if the storyline and ideas seem quite dated. Audrey Hepburn is stunning and lovable, as always.
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