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Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier) Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
May 1, 2013
The aerodynamic issues in the movie may now be antiquated, but the excitement and beauty of early jet aviation are still irresistible.

Empire Magazine
May 1, 2013
It's an interesting scientific-military soap opera, acted with stiff upper-lip restraint by a great cast, but Lean's visual sense really comes into play in the aerial sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 1, 2013
This must be said about this picture: it soars far above its clumsy tag and it comes pretty close to being the most exalting of contemporary films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 1, 2013
A great British film that celebrates technological achievement while also questioning the virtues of such achievement.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 1, 2013
Richardson, in his understated way, is powerful, if not frightening, as an airplane manufacturer obsessed with breaking the sound barrier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
August 20, 2012
Ralph Richardson gives a brilliant performance in this British fact-based drama directed by David Lean.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Variety Staff
February 23, 2012
Technically, artistically and emotionally, this is a topflight British offering.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 8, 2010
It's both Lean's technical know-how and his ability to make the melodrama moving that makes this a superior film of this ilk.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
May 1, 2013
Unfortunately, Terence Rattigan's script, while solidly structured, never probes beyond the basic conceit that an obsession which works towards the glory of mankind in general may wreak havoc on private lives.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 1, 2013
Public excitement over jet travel helped make David Lean's 1952 British feature a big hit, though its science doesn't wash and its majestic aerial sequences are uneasily wedded to a starchy familial drama.
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