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The year is 1977. Chris (Christian Bale) and Marion (Emily Watson) are a married couple living in the title London suburb, so named because it is at the end of the Metropolitan subway system. The two lead a mundane suburban life until Toni (Lee Ross), an old schoolmate of Chris, shows up one day, causing Chris to feel nostalgic for his bohemian days in Paris during the late '60s. He particularly remembers a fiery affair he had with fellow-protestor Annick (Elsa Zylberstein). So great is his longing for the good old days, that he begins acting like a beatnik and disdaining all things… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

‑ Cole Smithey,
"A deft morality tale about the engines of sexual desire and jealousy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"likely to strike a chord with a lot of young husbands, especially those who find themselves sometimes envying their single friends. ...Bale and Watson are utterly credible..."
‑ James Sanford,
"For all the nudity and sexual content, Philip Saville's unoriginal and predictable film is, at its core, no different from one you'd find premiering on network television."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"With terrific performances from Bale and Watson, the film is memorable and unique instead of plain and watchable."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"The film flips back and forth between the Beatlemania-era of the early '60s and their suburban period of the '70s..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A moving film about the compromises of adulthood, but perhaps a little too earnest."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"An affectionate but barbed tale about a pair of suburban-bred Englishmen"
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"There's nothing extraordinary about Metroland."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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