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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is never less than glittering entertainment, but somehow a certain measure of lead has found its way into the formula."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It's a Cinderella story that gets turned on its head, a satire about breaking down class and emotional barriers, and a confrontation between New World callousness and Old World humanity."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"What you end up with is hardly vintage Wilder, but certainly one of those warm, comfortable movies it's nice to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon."
‑ , Film4
"A charming reworking of the classic Cinderella story, Billy Wilder's Sabrina featurs a terrific cast, headed by William Holden, Humphrey Bogart (in a comedy role!), and best of all Audrey Hepburn."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sure, it takes a familiar road, but there's certainly enough bubbling under the surface to keep the heart of the film relevant and appealing more than a half-century later."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Script is long on glibly quipping dialog, dropped with a seemingly casual air, and broadly played situations. The splendid trouping delivers them style. Leavening the chuckles are tugs at the heart."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Hampered by an unimaginative script ... nevertheless manages to be a thoroughly charming, delightfully romantic variation of the Cinderella story."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Ignore the critics who say this is one of Billy Wilder's minor works. It is a major movie, a masterpiece of romantic comedy, and it still looks as fresh as a daisy."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Sabrina, much like its characters, follows conventions rather than challenges them."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"...a classy fairy tale, with plenty of sparkle amid the occasional fizz."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Wilder's tastelessness now seems his major artistic strength."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It is a story as light as a feather and as old as yesterday's news, as transparent as a society column item and as smug as a foreign-made car. But Mr. Wilder...has made it into a commentary as crisp as a screed in a smart magazine."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's a perfect soufflé of a movie -- or to borrow an apt phrase from Ian Anderson, it's a 'breath of champagne on a sparkling night.'"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"it's odd that Wilder's script lacks a sharpness to balance all the love that's in the air"
‑ Pete Croatto,
"A perfect Audrey Hepburn vehicle."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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