Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter (1945)

On a cafe at a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets Dr. Alec Harvey. Although they are already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday on the small cafe, although they know that… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 26, 1945
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

One of the most vivid, impassioned and painfully believable love stories ever committed to celluloid.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Rarely rises above the level of the old women's magazines.

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Eric Melin

Brief Encounter makes an illicit love affair more than that, giving the doomed romance more of a soul than a thousand tragic romances since then.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Sheer perfection-the gold standard of tragic romances whose influence can still be seen to this day.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Some films don't age well, and no doubt Brief Encounter had more of an emotional effect in the social climate of post-war Britain.

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

Romance and goodness are evoked with equal power and from these conflicting impulses, voluptuous demons spring eternal.

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Variety Staff

Cyril Raymond manages to invest the stodgy character with a lovable quality.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

An uncommonly good little picture -- and one which is frankly designed to appeal to that group of film-goers who are provoked by the 'usual movie tripe.'

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

The leads are outstanding, but credit should also go to the forgotten Cyril Raymond, whose decent dullness as Johnson's husband makes those stolen Thursdays seem so special.

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Carlos Magalh„es
A delicate and tearful romance that offers a surprisingly honest look into extramarital love considering when it was made, my sole objection being intrusive… More
Spencer S.
This is one of the most gorgeous films of the forties, adapted from the play by the prolific Noel Coward; Brief Encounter is one of the more taboo films from… More
Eric Shankle
Boring. I just didn't care for the relationship or the characters. There's also no story, just multiple scenes of the romance developing (I guess you… More
Cassandra Maples
Steam ... cut-glass accents ... Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto ... the refreshment room at Milford Junction ... "the shame of the whole thing - the… More
Kevin M. Williams
Two strangers meet in a train station waiting area, both happily married yet magnetically drawn to each other in spite of that. David Lean's adult… More
Aj V
Just because this movie has "Brief" in the title, doesn't mean it's short, it actually felt kind of long and boring. Plus the romance… More