A Kind of Loving Reviews

  • Dec 30, 2017

    John Schlesinger's sensitive look at a young working-class couple in 1960's England.

    John Schlesinger's sensitive look at a young working-class couple in 1960's England.

  • Feb 08, 2015

    It's far from perfect but Schlesinger uses Alan Bates as the true object of desire here we always knew he was, and that's really pretty great.

    It's far from perfect but Schlesinger uses Alan Bates as the true object of desire here we always knew he was, and that's really pretty great.

  • Oct 09, 2012

    An intimate drama about a couple's trials as they fall in love and get married. Neither of the two is entirely sympathetic, which gives their struggles that much more weight.

    An intimate drama about a couple's trials as they fall in love and get married. Neither of the two is entirely sympathetic, which gives their struggles that much more weight.

  • Sep 04, 2012

    It's life just as we know it. A classic of its genre from when British films set the standard and created the blueprint for the realists that followed.

    It's life just as we know it. A classic of its genre from when British films set the standard and created the blueprint for the realists that followed.

  • Mar 16, 2012

    British kitchen sink drama about a young couple who work at the same factory and start dating. Realistic view of attitudes of the time.

    British kitchen sink drama about a young couple who work at the same factory and start dating. Realistic view of attitudes of the time.

  • Mar 12, 2012

    another brit angry young man pic

    another brit angry young man pic

  • Jul 25, 2011

    A good, real life drama of its day. Thora Hird plays the battle axe mother-in-law really well. Got a brief cameo of Kathy Staff of "Last of the Summer Wine" fame.

    A good, real life drama of its day. Thora Hird plays the battle axe mother-in-law really well. Got a brief cameo of Kathy Staff of "Last of the Summer Wine" fame.

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    Eric B Super Reviewer
    Jun 20, 2011

    This domestic tale from director John Schlesinger has that endearing, lo-fi authenticity so typical of British films from this era. Alan Bates and June Christie give excellent performances as a newlywed couple, and Thora Hird is loathsome perfection as Christie's shrew mother. The early scenes of blossoming love are wonderfully sweet, and this film has as good a "first kiss" as I've ever seen. However, there's too much movie for such a simple, humdrum story (a couple gets married for the wrong reason, and struggles through the early months of wedlock).

    This domestic tale from director John Schlesinger has that endearing, lo-fi authenticity so typical of British films from this era. Alan Bates and June Christie give excellent performances as a newlywed couple, and Thora Hird is loathsome perfection as Christie's shrew mother. The early scenes of blossoming love are wonderfully sweet, and this film has as good a "first kiss" as I've ever seen. However, there's too much movie for such a simple, humdrum story (a couple gets married for the wrong reason, and struggles through the early months of wedlock).

  • Sep 24, 2010

    There are tensions between desire, responsibility and social acceptance that are not easily resolved. While the moral climate it depicts has largely changed, A Kind of Loving remains an interesting and rewarding film, which dares to accept that there are not necessarily any easy answers to the questions it poses.

    There are tensions between desire, responsibility and social acceptance that are not easily resolved. While the moral climate it depicts has largely changed, A Kind of Loving remains an interesting and rewarding film, which dares to accept that there are not necessarily any easy answers to the questions it poses.

  • Sep 21, 2010

    this film just reminds me so much of my own youthful search for love and understanding. the scene where young Vic looks at his girlfriend in a cafe and realises they have nothing to say to each other is gut wrenching. A kind of loving indeed

    this film just reminds me so much of my own youthful search for love and understanding. the scene where young Vic looks at his girlfriend in a cafe and realises they have nothing to say to each other is gut wrenching. A kind of loving indeed