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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The production holds enchantment and delight in substantial quantity."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's the closest Wilder ever came to Ernst Lubitsch."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"a nigh interminable flick short on laughs and long on awful montages and self-satisfaction"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Love in the Afternoon had great locations going for it. It also had the winsome charm of Hepburn, the elfin puckishness of Chevalier, a literate script by Wilder and Diamond, and an airy feeling that wafted the audience along."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Charming, romantic comedy with Coop and Audrey Hepburn."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"As Andrew Sarris says, not without its cruelties, but not without its beauties as well."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"This film was produced by Mr. Wilder for Allied Artists -- in black-and-white. It is a hit."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's not a great film, but it is an endearing one."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"It was hard to get excited about such an overlong dreary tale, where Cooper was miscast and the champagne fizzles."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wilder attempts to do Lubitsch with mixed but charming results."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"An over-long and only spasmodically amusing romantic comedy..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Much nearer the bottom of Wilder's career than the top."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Though not as charming or touching as Sabrina, Wilder's 1957 romantic comedy teams Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn and serves as a good star vehicle for both."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's quite long, Hepburn sports one of her worst hairstyles, and Cooper and Hepburn's glaring age difference (28 years) is distracting, but this is a wonderful, charming romantic comedy nonetheless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Ultra-chic Wilder."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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