Offers some nicely authentic backgrounds, an expert performance by Googie Withers and a breathtaking finale. But the net effect is disappointing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This saga of interconnecting lives is one of Ealing's more successful non-comedies.
| Original Score: 4/5
This is a mostly forgotten gem.
| Original Score: 3/4
A breathtaking melange of romance and crime drama. A British classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
A real gem.
A terrific sense of atmospheric foreboding is contributed by Douglas Slocombe's noirish cinematography and Georges Auric's fate-filled score.
[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.
A film as good as, and arguably better than, anything comparable being made at the time on the continent or in the States.
Depicts a drab, austerity-era East London of pinched lives and petty crime.
It's a cannily crafted and satisfying entertainment.
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.
| Original Score: 5/6
It Always Rains on Sunday is a masterpiece of dead ends and might-have-beens, highly inventive... and brilliantly acted...
A resolutely downbeat - remarkably so for Ealing Studios - account of a day in the life of Bethnal Green...
Hamer's artful and iconoclastic film mixes a day in the life of a working-class family with a startling prison-break melodrama.
The drama is managed without condescension and with enormous skill.
The emotions, atmosphere and humour still ring true...