• Unrated, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Hamer
    In Theaters:
    Nov 25, 1947 Wide
  • Rialto Pictures


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It Always Rains on Sunday Reviews

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New York Times
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Offers some nicely authentic backgrounds, an expert performance by Googie Withers and a breathtaking finale. But the net effect is disappointing.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 6, 2008
Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This saga of interconnecting lives is one of Ealing's more successful non-comedies.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2012
Joel Brown
Boston Globe
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This is a mostly forgotten gem.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2009
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A breathtaking melange of romance and crime drama. A British classic.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

October 25, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A real gem.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

October 18, 2008
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

A terrific sense of atmospheric foreboding is contributed by Douglas Slocombe's noirish cinematography and Georges Auric's fate-filled score.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

October 25, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Hamer] shows a fluency with noir's shadowy visual vocabulary, but what really links this to the genre is its sense of haunting regret and lost opportunity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 18, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A film as good as, and arguably better than, anything comparable being made at the time on the continent or in the States.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 28, 2012
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Depicts a drab, austerity-era East London of pinched lives and petty crime.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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It's a cannily crafted and satisfying entertainment.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 6, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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A bleak thriller realized with utter vibrancy, Robert Hamer's savory stew of London's lower class roils with an emotional brutality and precision that most films don't dare attempt, let alone achieve.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

March 7, 2008
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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It Always Rains on Sunday is a masterpiece of dead ends and might-have-beens, highly inventive... and brilliantly acted...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 19, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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A resolutely downbeat - remarkably so for Ealing Studios - account of a day in the life of Bethnal Green...

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

November 17, 2011
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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Hamer's artful and iconoclastic film mixes a day in the life of a working-class family with a startling prison-break melodrama.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 26, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

The drama is managed without condescension and with enormous skill.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

October 24, 2012


The emotions, atmosphere and humour still ring true...

Full Review Source: Film4

October 18, 2008
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