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This Happy Breed Reviews

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February 17, 2016
From the brilliant opening shot to the end, director Lean and photographer Ronald Neame have worked together, with originality and imagination, to produce some fine examples of camera angles and timing.
May 1, 2013
This Happy Breed is Noel Coward's proud and loving tribute to the unbreakable British backbone.
February 23, 2012
Film's excellence comes mainly in the performances.
March 29, 2009
If it doesn't bore you to death with its contrived melodramatics then maybe its decorative historical background might catch your interest.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 4, 2012
It's quite the study in domesticity and acceptance, and it even presents socialist activism and union strikes as some sort of idealistic fling...
April 25, 2012
This Happy Breed ranks with 1949's One Woman's Story and 1950's Madeleine as the most obscure title in David Lean's canon. That's a shame, because it's a wonderful motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 16, 2012
not a particularly deep film, but it gets the details of human interaction and growth just right, providing a moving portrait of one family's durability in the midst of massive historical upheaval
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 1, 2013
While not exacty up to contemporary standards of social realism this domestic saga was ground-breaking in its day and still captivates.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
November 6, 2007
Though Lean and Coward are less happy here than in the brittle, refined atmosphere of Brief Encounter, their adventurous excursion into suburban Clapham remains endlessly fascinating.
November 6, 2007
A toff propagandist's England, of course. But once you've got over its peculiar patrician tones and bitty structure, there's much to enjoy.
November 6, 2007
This is an immensely charming movie, with many tears and many moments of warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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