Love with the Proper Stranger
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Taken for granted by her Italian family, New Yorker Natalie Wood seeks solace in the arms of irresponsible jazz musician Steve McQueen. She becomes pregnant, but doesn't expect McQueen to marry her; all she wants is enough money to pay… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Fortunately the film survives these shortcomings through its sheer breezy good nature and the animal magnetism of its two stars.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not perfect, but touching and adult; with fine work from the two leads, this is one of Mulligan's better films.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Underrated romantic drama, with rich NYC atmosphere and a trenchant look at sexual mores.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Familiar in theme, but given a delightfully fresh flavour by Mulligan's atmospherically low-key direction, excellent performances from Wood and McQueen, and vivid location shooting in New York's Little Italy.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Exemplifies the lacerating realism that cinema had just barely invented.

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Christopher Null

Quaint, old-fashioned, and overwrought.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The picture itself is diverting, but weak on that main romantic point.

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Emanuel Levy

Co-starring with the charismatic Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood received a second Oscar nomination for this well acted melodrama about pregnancy out of the wedlock

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[Wood is] well matched by McQueen and even better served by Mulligan's unsensational direction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Now this is a good bit of acting. The addressing of the abortion issue is very telling for its era. It is likely that this type of drama paved the way for film… More
Antonius Block
What on the surface may be construed as a typical 1960's romantic comedy is a great film with real weight. First off, as Natalie Wood's character has… More