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The Shop around the Corner

Romance. Comedy Alfred Kralik is the timid headclerk at a Budapest shop named Matuschek and Company. Each morning, the employees wait together for the arrival of their boss, Hugo Matuschek. Following an ad in the newspaper, Alfred has started to exchange letters with a lady friend. Against Alfred's wishes, Matuschek hires Klara Novak. The two quarrel constantly at work, not suspecting that Klara is Alfred's secret correspondent.
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United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"A sharp, elegant, unsentimental picture (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Jaime N. Christley
Slant
"We may try to make the old things new, but we had one Ernst Lubitsch, he’s long gone, and we aren’t getting another one (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Frank S. Nugent
The New York Times
"Possibly the most surprising part of it is the adaptability of the players to Mr. Lubitsch's Continental milieu whose splendid evocation is one of the nicest things of the picture."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
David Parkinson
Empire
"Nostalgic and charming romance with special moments in the extra-narrative action (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States Variety "Generating humor and human interest from what might appear to be unimportant situations, it carries further to impress via the outstanding characterizations by Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
David Jenkins
Time Out
"This is Lubitsch’s masterpiece, an immaculate conflation of his sprightly shooting style, expertly layered wisecracking and bracing realism (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
"One of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range (...) The romance proceeds through Lubitsch's brilliant deployment of point of view"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
"This wonderful romantic comedy drama (...) contains delightful performances by Margaret Sullavan (full of grace and warmth) and the young James Stewart (a portrait of perfection) (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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