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Brief Encounter Reviews

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January 22, 2018
This is a poet's film, harsh, cruel and lovely. There have been few better British films than Brief Encounter even at a time when our studios are taking their place in the vanguard of this great contemporary art.
January 16, 2018
Lean's sad, buttoned-up account of unconsummated love is about all of us and our cautious natures.
May 31, 2016
Brief Encounter makes an illicit love affair more than that, giving the doomed romance more of a soul than a thousand tragic romances since then.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 9, 2015
Romance and goodness are evoked with equal power and from these conflicting impulses, voluptuous demons spring eternal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 5, 2015
The leads are outstanding, but credit should also go to the forgotten Cyril Raymond, whose decent dullness as Johnson's husband makes those stolen Thursdays seem so special.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 5, 2015
One of cinema's classic love stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 3, 2015
Noël Coward's Brief Encounter is, to my mind, not only the most mature work Mr Coward has yet prepared for the cinema, but one of the most emotionally honest and deeply satisfactory films that have ever been made in this country.
November 2, 2015
One of the most vivid, impassioned and painfully believable love stories ever committed to celluloid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 9, 2012
Sheer perfection-the gold standard of tragic romances whose influence can still be seen to this day.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 4, 2012
... still embraced as one of the most romantic films ever made, and it has earned its reputation.
April 25, 2012
Haunting in its evocative mood -- one enhanced by Robert Krasker's cinematography and Lean's meticulous, muted direction -- Brief Encounter primarily hinges on the extraordinary performance by Celia Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 15, 2009
Retrata seu par romântico com sensibilidade e complexidade (especialmente para a época), pecando apenas pela insistência em introduzir diversas cenas de alívio cômico conduzidas por Holloway e Carey.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2009
Lovely, small-scale romance by David Lean.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2008
Solid romantic classic directed by David Lean. Johnson and Howard are terrific.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 15, 2008
David Lean finds poetry and lyricism in Noel Coward's initimate dram about the romance between two ordinary people married to others, acted with admirable restraint by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 6, 2007
Back in cinemas and welcomed by me.
November 6, 2007
Cyril Raymond manages to invest the stodgy character with a lovable quality.
November 6, 2007
Rarely rises above the level of the old women's magazines.
August 26, 2007
Stodgy and dated.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 3, 2007
Go and see it again - and try not to giggle at the clipped accents.
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