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Sabrina (1954)

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91

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 3

With its humorous script and its stars' immense charm, Sabrina remains a resonant romantic gem.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

With its humorous script and its stars' immense charm, Sabrina remains a resonant romantic gem.

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Billy Wilder directs the lighthearted romantic comedy Sabrina, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor. Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the simple, naïve daughter of a chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams). They live on an estate with the wealthy Oliver Larrabee (Walter Hampden) and his two sons: workaholic older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) and fun-loving younger brother David (William Holden). Sabrina adores the charming David, but he thinks of her as just a kid. Her father sends

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Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

Billy Wilder, Samuel Taylor, Ernest Lehman

Apr 10, 2001

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (3) | DVD (10)

This is never less than glittering entertainment, but somehow a certain measure of lead has found its way into the formula.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Script is long on glibly quipping dialog, dropped with a seemingly casual air, and broadly played situations. The splendid trouping delivers them style. Leavening the chuckles are tugs at the heart.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Wilder's tastelessness now seems his major artistic strength.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's a Cinderella story that gets turned on its head, a satire about breaking down class and emotional barriers, and a confrontation between New World callousness and Old World humanity.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Hampered by an unimaginative script ... nevertheless manages to be a thoroughly charming, delightfully romantic variation of the Cinderella story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It is a story as light as a feather and as old as yesterday's news, as transparent as a society column item and as smug as a foreign-made car. But Mr. Wilder...has made it into a commentary as crisp as a screed in a smart magazine.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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What you end up with is hardly vintage Wilder, but certainly one of those warm, comfortable movies it's nice to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Ignore the critics who say this is one of Billy Wilder's minor works. It is a major movie, a masterpiece of romantic comedy, and it still looks as fresh as a daisy.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's a perfect soufflé of a movie -- or to borrow an apt phrase from Ian Anderson, it's a 'breath of champagne on a sparkling night.'

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A charming reworking of the classic Cinderella story, Billy Wilder's Sabrina featurs a terrific cast, headed by William Holden, Humphrey Bogart (in a comedy role!), and best of all Audrey Hepburn.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sabrina, much like its characters, follows conventions rather than challenges them.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemania

it's odd that Wilder's script lacks a sharpness to balance all the love that's in the air

December 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Sure, it takes a familiar road, but there's certainly enough bubbling under the surface to keep the heart of the film relevant and appealing more than a half-century later.

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

...a classy fairy tale, with plenty of sparkle amid the occasional fizz.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A perfect Audrey Hepburn vehicle.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

... the results were satisfying, as Bogart played drawing-room comedy with aplomb.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Bogey and Hepburn - classic.

June 29, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Just as much chilling as it's witty.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A semi-classic for the semi-literate.

March 1, 2005
New Times

A frothy delight.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Leave it to Billy Wilder to try to capture Roman Holiday's lightning in a bottle with Sabrina

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Skip the Harrison Ford remake and go straight to this original classic.

October 19, 2002
Chico Enterprise-Record

Audience Reviews for Sabrina

An amusing romantic comedy with great dialogue and a sweet Cinderella feel to it, but the plot is still not too original and there is a glaring lack of chemistry between Hepburn and Bogart, who is also clearly miscast here and seems too old for the role.
March 23, 2014
blacksheepboy

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A sparkling gem. Hepburn, Bogart and Holden are all great in this reworking of Cinderella.
November 14, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Number 4 off the pile of crap... What do you know - not crap!
Despite never really having got the whole fuss over Audrey Hepburn, I could really see it here. She is completely charming as Sabrina and attractive too. This from someone who can't sit through Breakfast at Tiffany's.
This is a lovely, light romantic movie about a chauffeur's daughter who is in love with the rich boy next door. He doesn't know she exists until she returns from school in France, all grown up and newly sophisticated. As she gets to know him and his brother it seems she has two admirers.
I found this easy to watch and undemanding. Far from ditching it, I think I will watch it again sometime!
April 29, 2011
romy861

Super Reviewer

Girl loves boy. Boy ignores girl. Girl returns home. Boy lusts over girl. You get the picture. It may sound unoriginal, but there's a little darkness floating throughout Sabrina that makes it gripping. Not every love story starts with a suicide attempt. Nor does the girl become attracted to the more sensible, if less fun, of two brothers. Sabrina is a comedy that deals with social class, but not in a patronizing way. She isn't the poor little flower generously allowed into the family. She's a hardworking girl and the men realise how lucky they are. Bogart is slightly miscast (mostly due to his age), but the trio of him, Hepburn, and Holden is miraculous, despite rumors of offscreen tension. Holden is charming, and comes across as a lusty younger man, rather than the complete sleaze many could perceive him as. Bogart is logical, smart, with a slight cruel sense of humor. It amounts to a brotherly relationship full of love, but also a bit of rivalry and hate. The film works by removing any antagonist, and making love the antagonist itself. This means we are watching people wrestle for attention and admiration and, as the audience, we generally want people to make the right choices and be happy. Another great Hepburn classic.
February 4, 2011
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    1. Linus Larrabee: No man walk's alone from choice.
    – Submitted by Luis H (9 months ago)
    1. Sabrina Fairchild: Oh but Paris isn't for changing planes, it's for changing your outlook!
    – Submitted by Ursula N (18 months ago)
    1. Sabrina Fairchild: All night long I've had the most terrible impulse to do something.
    2. Linus Larrabee: Oh never resist an impulse, Sabrina. Especially if it's terrible.
    – Submitted by Ursula N (18 months ago)
    1. David Larrabee: Oh Sabrina, Sabrina, where have you been all my life?
    2. Sabrina Fairchild: Right over the garage.
    – Submitted by cora d (20 months ago)
    1. Sabrina Fairchild: The moon's reaching for me.
    – Submitted by cora d (20 months ago)
    1. Sabrina Fairchild: I hate girls that giggle all the time.
    – Submitted by Siham B (23 months ago)
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