Love in the Afternoon
Love in the Afternoon (1957)

An aging playboy hires a detective to locate a mysterious young woman.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 29, 1957
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The production holds enchantment and delight in substantial quantity.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

It's the closest Wilder ever came to Ernst Lubitsch.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a nigh interminable flick short on laughs and long on awful montages and self-satisfaction

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

As Andrew Sarris says, not without its cruelties, but not without its beauties as well.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This film was produced by Mr. Wilder for Allied Artists -- in black-and-white. It is a hit.

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David Cornelius

It's not a great film, but it is an endearing one.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

An over-long and only spasmodically amusing romantic comedy...

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Much nearer the bottom of Wilder's career than the top.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The premise, that of a gamine and inexperienced French girl infatuated with an American playboy, to the point of enchanting him and foiling a murder attempt,… More
Michael Gildea
Old men with little to no personality ogling Audrey Hepburn freaks me out.
Dean McKenna
Wonderful romantic comedy with Audrey Hepburn as a lovestruck conservatory student who pretends to be just as much a cosompolitan love for millionaire American… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
Gary Cooper is a bit too old to play the popular bon-viveur believably, and Audrey Hepburn is here a bit too young to pass for the experienced broad her… More
Veronique Kwak
it's more of a billy wilder satire on the modern-day american don juan who's infatuated with the parisian transiet romances without commitments than… More
Sunil Jawahir
Probably one of the lesser films for either Billy Wilder or Audrey Hepburn.