• Released
  • November 26, 2004
  • Romantic Drama
    Drama
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80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
For the most part, Paul Laverty's screenplay and the strong, naturalistic performances lend it a specificity that sets it apart.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
All of Loach's formidable strengths, which include a sense of humor, come together in the wrenching A Fond Kiss.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film is beautifully told and superbly acted. More importantly, Paul Laverty's screenplay goes along way toward showing how the traditionalism that can turn a community inward on itself is often a response to racism, and in that sense the film's timing couldn't have been any better.
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70

L.A. Weekly

By Chuck Wilson
Gradually, and with a kind of inquisitive generosity, the filmmaker's scope expands to take in Casim's parents and two sisters, whose public shame and private despair at having the only son move in with a “goree” - a white girl - is made palpably, wrenchingly real.
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60

Village Voice

By Dennis Lim
Despite the agreeable lead performances, it's one of Loach's more forgettable films.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Things are too predictable. Perhaps the viewpoint is to blame.
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40

Variety

The flatness of several of the key performances badly lets down this promising material.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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