The Passionate Friends
The Passionate Friends (1948)

Based on a story by H.G. Wells, this romantic drama centers on the love affair between a miserable Swiss wife and her old flame, whom she has not seen in nearly a decade. The story is also known as One Woman's Story.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1948
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions.

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Peter Bradshaw

A minor gem from the David Lean canon.

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Total Film

Rains is terrific as the enraged cuckold, though, while the Swiss scenery, captured in shimmering monochrome by DoP Guy Green, offers a telling metaphor for Todd's glacial beauty.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The glossy direction of the talented Lean made it watchable but only mildly pleasing as soapy entertainment.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

It's a fascinating snapshot of middle-class mores during the post-War socialist revolution, but it cries out for a heroine of Celia Johnson's sensitivity.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Somehow the simple expedient of raising their characters several rungs up the social and financial ladder and giving the roles to well-dressed stars has not brought a more impressive picture from the Messrs. Neame and Lean.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

A film directed by the great David Lean is always a treat, and this one is no exception.

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Daniel Etherington

Its dated sensibilities remain crisp and provocative thanks to the combination of quality production values and an excellent cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Emily B.
Sort of a Brief Encounter part 2 but not quite as good and with more glamorous characters. The flashback structure didn't work so well and was rather… More