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The Passionate Friends Reviews

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Top Critic
March 26, 2009
Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions.
October 18, 2008
A minor gem from the David Lean canon.
June 9, 2008
A film directed by the great David Lean is always a treat, and this one is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 6, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 24, 2006
There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
May 24, 2003
Its dated sensibilities remain crisp and provocative thanks to the combination of quality production values and an excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2008
The glossy direction of the talented Lean made it watchable but only mildly pleasing as soapy entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 25, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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