On Approval Reviews

June 14, 2018
The Wildean witticisms come fast and furious in this effervescent screen adaptation of a British play by Frederick Lonsdale.
June 26, 2014
This impish 1944 film adaptation of the 1926 Frederick Lonsdale comedy provides spacious roles for two peerless actresses.
March 25, 2006
On Approval, which augured either a cute commentary on manners or a Beatrice Lillie bonanza, turned out to be an uneven little lampoon that more often than not did not come off.
January 26, 2006
Though Brook's deliberately 'cinematic' approach was highly praised at the time, it is the performances, Lonsdale's deft craftsmanship, and the presence of the semi-mythical Lillie which now holds interest.
June 14, 2018
On Approval is one of the funniest British pictures I have seen for a very long time.
March 13, 2013
Possibly the best non-Ealing British comedy ever made, Clive Brook's On Approval has unfortunately received a Blu-ray treatment of which the serious cinephile can't quite approve.