Originally Posted by KorkyKat
I actually think The Third Man and Brief encounter are crap.
I agree that BFI ratings are unrealistic and not to everyone's taste but to call The Third Man
as "crap" is harsh IMO. You are entitled to your opinion of course, but a lot of us think that it is a great classic. But certainly not the British No #1, probably not even in the top 10; it is a sort of a film that takes a few viewings to grow on you.
As for A Brief Encounter
, I fully agree that it is a grossly overrated romantic nonsense. I was struggling to keep awake the only time I saw it and have no desire to see it ever again.