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In this reworking of Billy Wilder's classic 1954 comedy of manners, a stodgy workaholic millionaire falls in love with his chauffeur's daughter after she goes to Paris a painfully shy ugly duckling and returns a seductive, beautiful swan. The story begins at the fabulous home of Linus and David Larabee. Older brother Linus oversees the family fortune, a responsibility that has made him sour, manipulative and obsessed with money. Freewheeling, handsome David is his opposite. He would much rather be chasing beautiful women and driving fast cars than helping his boring brother maintain… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"We remain outside the fourth wall looking in but are never drawn in; bemused perhaps, even agreeably complaisant, but never entirely amused."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Ormond's face is certainly not hard to gaze at, but she looks so often ill at ease that her 'confident' gay smiles suggest, inappropriately, some masked pyschological distress."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Uneven remake, still a sweet story."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Not, as some reviewers claimed, a mediocre reworking of a Hollywood classic, but a truly lousy reworking of a Billy Wilder misfire."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A lovely, underrated update..."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"This new Sabrina is more fizzle than fizz."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Blossoming into radiant color, this film has picture-postcard charms that the black-and-white earlier version could only hint at."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Ormand and Ford, who are actually okay, have the impossible tasks of following Wilder's perfect players, Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
"A flaccid remake of the classic 1954 romantic comedy."
‑ , Film4
"See the original."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Sydney Pollack directs with the sort of polish that was easy to take for granted two decades ago but almost looked like classicism in 1995."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Ford looks as stiff and old hat as his homburg."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Ugly-duckling-into-swan stories are fun, but the lead characters here lack the charisma to make this romantic comedy sufficiently believable or engaging."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's hard to imagine any actress today reprising Audrey Hepburn's graceful charm, but British newcomer Julia Ormond is a particularly bad choice and Harrison Ford ain't Bogey, either. Add the film to long list of unnecessary remakes."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Pleasing remake with a strong cast and a classy script"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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