Brief Encounter
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On a cafe at a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets Dr. Alec Harvey. Although they are already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday on the small cafe, although they know that their love is impossible

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sheer perfection-the gold standard of tragic romances whose influence can still be seen to this day."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Some films don't age well, and no doubt Brief Encounter had more of an emotional effect in the social climate of post-war Britain."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Haunting in its evocative mood -- one enhanced by Robert Krasker's cinematography and Lean's meticulous, muted direction -- Brief Encounter primarily hinges on the extraordinary performance by Celia Johnson."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Solid romantic classic directed by David Lean. Johnson and Howard are terrific."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Stodgy and dated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cyril Raymond manages to invest the stodgy character with a lovable quality."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An uncommonly good little picture -- and one which is frankly designed to appeal to that group of film-goers who are provoked by the 'usual movie tripe.'"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Retrata seu par romântico com sensibilidade e complexidade (especialmente para a época), pecando apenas pela insistência em introduzir diversas cenas de alívio cômico conduzidas por Holloway e Carey."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"David Lean finds poetry and lyricism in Noel Coward's initimate dram about the romance between two ordinary people married to others, acted with admirable restraint by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Go and see it again - and try not to giggle at the clipped accents."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Rarely rises above the level of the old women's magazines."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"... still embraced as one of the most romantic films ever made, and it has earned its reputation."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Lovely, small-scale romance by David Lean."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Back in cinemas and welcomed by me."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"David Lean paints heartbreak with perfect decorum."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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