Sabrina Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 7, 2005
See the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 3, 2009
This new Sabrina is more fizzle than fizz.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ormond's face is certainly not hard to gaze at, but she looks so often ill at ease that her 'confident' gay smiles suggest, inappropriately, some masked pyschological distress.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Never evokes the sweet allure of Billy Wilder's original film.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Ford looks as stiff and old hat as his homburg.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 3, 2009
We remain outside the fourth wall looking in but are never drawn in; bemused perhaps, even agreeably complaisant, but never entirely amused.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Go rent the Billy Wilder version and see how this should be done!
| Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 27, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The remake, alas, must mask its failings with Julia Ormond's toothsomeness, Pollack's poky pacing and the uninspired scribblings of writers Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
While it can't hold a candle to Wilder's film, the updated Sabrina has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Proves too flimsy of a reed to be successfully replanted.
Cheryl DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
July 30, 2002
Aside from the painfully miscast Ford, it is an enjoyable ride down a well-worn path.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
October 18, 2008
Ormand and Ford, who are actually okay, have the impossible tasks of following Wilder's perfect players, Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
Ugly-duckling-into-swan stories are fun, but the lead characters here lack the charisma to make this romantic comedy sufficiently believable or engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

Film4
May 27, 2008
A flaccid remake of the classic 1954 romantic comedy.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 27, 2008
Not, as some reviewers claimed, a mediocre reworking of a Hollywood classic, but a truly lousy reworking of a Billy Wilder misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Uneven remake, still a sweet story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Just as satisfying, if not as dry and cynical, as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Despite the unambitious, formula-driven plot, wonderful performances by Julia Ormond and, especially, Harrison Ford keep this remake afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
A handsome remake that plays homage to the Wilder flick.
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