Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Log in with Facebook
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
No consensus yet.
Tomatometer Not Available...
No consensus yet.
All Critics (11)
| Top Critics (3)
| Fresh (8)
| Rotten (3)
Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions.
There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.
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.
It is not a restful film and does not, for example, possess the integrity such as was shown by David Lean in his treatment of Brief Encounter.
The Passionate Friends looks gorgeous and has a feverishly modern intensity.
A minor gem from the David Lean canon.
The glossy direction of the talented Lean made it watchable but only mildly pleasing as soapy entertainment.
A film directed by the great David Lean is always a treat, and this one is no exception.
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.
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.
Its dated sensibilities remain crisp and provocative thanks to the combination of quality production values and an excellent cast.
Sort of a Brief Encounter part 2 but not quite as good and with more glamorous characters.
The flashback structure didn't work so well and was rather confusing at times. The scenery and techniques were lovely but it wasn't until the last 40 minutes or so till I was really drawn in.
View All Quotes