Love in the Afternoon
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Gary Cooper more or less repeats his international-roue characterization from 1938's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife for the 1957 romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon (both films were co-scripted by Billy Wilder, who also directed the latter picture). Audrey Hepburn co-stars as the daughter of Parisian private eye Maurice Chevalier. Investigating the amorous activities of Cooper, Chevalier relates what he's discovered to cuckolded husband John McGiver, who declares that he's going after Cooper with a pistol. Overhearing this conversation, Hepburn rushes off to rescue Cooper. She keeps… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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
"It's not a great film, but it is an endearing one."
‑ David Cornelius,
"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
"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
"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)
"An over-long and only spasmodically amusing romantic comedy..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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
"Generally regarded as a classic, probably by people who haven't sat through it."
‑ Christopher Null,
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