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An Affair to Remember (1957)


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An Affair to Remember, director Leo McCarey's scene-for-scene remake of his own 1939 film Love Affair, isn't really an improvement on the original, but it's equally as enjoyable. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, high-profile types both engaged to be married to other people, meet and fall in love during an ocean voyage. To test the depth of their commitment to each other, Grant and Kerr promise that, if they're still in love at the end of six months, they will meet again at the top of the Empire


Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

Jan 15, 2008

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Mr. McCarey's direction is unpropitiously and unaccountably slow.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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...the viewer's efforts at connecting to the material or the characters are consistently thwarted by the lackadaisical, momentum-free narrative.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

a satisfying romance that works from beginning to end, featuring movie stars of the day that you just can't help but adore

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

'Weepies' may not be high art, but for those who love them, An Affair to Remember is the Mona Lisa.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

surprisingly tedious

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Often regarded (or dreaded) as the ultimate chick flick, due in no small amount to its fetish-object role in Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember deserves better than to be the receptor of Meg Ryan's crocodile tears.

January 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Cheapened by the many references in Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember plays much better than you might imagine.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Not much to remember.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in the Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne roles, Leo McCarey's remake of his 1937 Love Affair has some touching moments but is not as good as the original movie, which is one of Hollywood's best romantic melodramas.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Soap opera-ish Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr starrer still tugs at heart.

January 4, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Romantic and over the top, but Cary Grant excels in these situations and it almost saves a movie that seemed to lose its way.

September 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The original told the same story in 88 minutes that An Affair to Remember takes 119 minutes to cover. There was no need for an extra 31 minutes.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In spite of the flaws and could-have-beens, there is no denying that the final scene of the movie is very touching, albeit in an utterly mawkish and obscenely sentimental way.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan...have nothing on Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

...the kind of film you don't see much anymore, an old-fashioned love story.

February 16, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for An Affair to Remember

The product of superb acting and poor direction. Many scenes felt as though they were meant to be much more moving than they really were. The swelling music and the long silences made me look at my watch more than it made me reach for the tissues. With that said, Grant's charm cuts through every scene and I completely understand why the mere mention of this film's title gives most women heart palpitations. Also, what the hell is with all of the songs?
September 12, 2011
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

A playboy and a woman meet on a cruise ship and agree to meet six months later on the roof of the Empire State Building.
There are moments when Cary Grant is irresistibly charming and Deborah Kerr exhibits that sensual grace that only women in old movies can master and moments when director Leo McCarey is able to capture the perfect image to tell an entire story (instead of a kiss, we see Ferrante's feet re-trace their steps up stairs, and the "hello" in the theater was exceptional acting and directing) - these are the moments that remind me that I'm watching a classic. But the rest of the film is quite simply bad. Aside from frightfully annoying children singing moralistic balderdash for the grand total of ten minutes (approximately - I was trying to puncture my eardrum with a broken Coke bottle), the characters' romance is routinely interrupted by plot elements that mean as much to them as they do to us (meaning: nothing). For example, Ferrante and McKay's attitude toward the boat knowing about their romance is insouciant, but the script makes it a big deal, and further, each leaves his/her other lover with such quick abandon that it's hard to understand what drove them to be so secretive during the first hour of the film.
Overall, though An Affair to Remember is a recognizable romantic classic, it is only so highly regarded for a few scenes; the rest is just bad filmmaking.
July 19, 2011
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A nice love story buried in the ongoing saga of two people that find love while both are committed to others. After dragging on a while.... the movie seems rushed at the end, like a clock was ticking and let's just wrap this up! Fun to see the movie the girls cry about in "Sleepless in Seattle".
March 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

"If it had to happen to one of us, why did it have to be you?"

I have to admit that An Affair to Remember is not really my preferred kind of movie (I'm more of a Casablanca man), but it's difficult to imagine a lover of old school romantic films in general not enjoying this. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in this tale of star-crossed lovers who find each other when they already belong to someone else. After parting from their brief days of bliss together, they agree to meet again in six months atop the Empire State Building. Alas, Fate has different designs.

An Affair to Remember is bittersweet, mature, and witty, but I'm not the greatest fan of this genre. I heartily recommend it to anyone who is, though. It's impossible not to appreciate how well it achieves what it sets out to do, and it's easy to buy into the on-screen chemistry of Grant and Kerr.
March 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

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