The Passionate Friends Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 27, 2008
The glossy direction of the talented Lean made it watchable but only mildly pleasing as soapy entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Somehow the simple expedient of raising their characters several rungs up the social and financial ladder and giving the roles to well-dressed stars has not brought a more impressive picture from the Messrs. Neame and Lean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
June 9, 2008
A film directed by the great David Lean is always a treat, and this one is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 24, 2003
Its dated sensibilities remain crisp and provocative thanks to the combination of quality production values and an excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
A minor gem from the David Lean canon.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
June 5, 2008
It's a fascinating snapshot of middle-class mores during the post-War socialist revolution, but it cries out for a heroine of Celia Johnson's sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety
March 26, 2009
Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions.

Total Film
June 6, 2008
Rains is terrific as the enraged cuckold, though, while the Swiss scenery, captured in shimmering monochrome by DoP Guy Green, offers a telling metaphor for Todd's glacial beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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