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New York City bibliophile Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) writes to the London bookshop Marks & Co in search of some titles she has not been able to turn up locally, beginning their two-decade romance via correspondence.
The result of this high-powered collaboration is a movie of such unrelieved genteelness that it makes one long to head for Schrafft's for a double-gin martini, straight up, and a stack of cinnamon toast from which the crusts have been removed.
May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
By a miracle of writing, acting and direction, what could have been a deadly moviegoing experience is turned into something very like pure gold.