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The Shop Around the Corner Reviews

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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
December 22, 2014
The charm of the gimmick in Lubitsch's take is passed over quickly in favor of studying both its effects on those involved, as well as the dynamics of the workplace at large.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
December 12, 2014
Nostalgic and charming romance with special moments in the extra-narrative action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 10, 2014
One of the greatest romantic comedies.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 19, 2012
Wonderful period low-budget light romantic comedy taking place during the Depression among a few underpaid neurotics surviving in the workforce of a small notions store.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
Entertaining to a fault, the film doesn't ignite the imagination in the way many other films of the period did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Kemp
Total Film
December 15, 2010
Sure, the plot-turns are foreseeable, but the film's wit and perfectly gauged performances are undimmed delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 9, 2010
Lubitsch demonstrates that romantic comedies, like popcorn, can be enjoyed salty as well as sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
December 9, 2010
Contains delightful performances by Margaret Sullavan (full of grace and warmth) and the young James Stewart (a portrait of perfection).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
December 14, 2009
My favorite Christmas film, this deliciously delicate, multi-nuanced romantic comedy is one of Lubitsch's very best films, flawlessly acted by Jimmy Stewart at his peak, the sublime Margaret Sullavan, and the rest of the large ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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TIME Magazine
December 5, 2008
As the plot has as many complications as characters, much of the fun comes in watching Scripter Samson Raphaelson neatly tangle and untangle them without tying himself in a hard knot.

November 27, 2007
This charming and well-scripted comedy exploits the ingenious set-up with delightful results.
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Variety Staff
November 27, 2007
Although picture carries the indelible stamp of Ernst Lubitsch at his best in generating humor and human interest from what might appear to be unimportant situations, it carries further to impress via the outstanding characterizations by Margaret Sullavan
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
This 1940 film is one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range.
Douglas Pratt
June 14, 2007
One of the all-time great romantic films stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as two slightly antagonistic clerks working in the same store who do not realize they have been corresponding with one another and are in love.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
This might be Lubitsch's gentlest work: sweetness mixed with a genuine sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Thoroughly different from To Be or Not To Be but just as exhilarating, it's one of the few films truly justifying Lubitsch's reputation for a 'touch.'
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 13, 2004
Who but Lubitsch could have pulled off such a winning romantic comedy that dares to include, but is not marred by, such tragic undercurrents… adultery, attempted suicide?
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 25, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
May 20, 2003
...a pretty kettle of bubbling brew it makes under Mr. Lubitsch's deft and tender management and with a genial company to play it gently, well this side of farce and well that side of utter seriousness.
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