Frédéric Straussde eFilmCritic
Carol Reed climbed a full level above the inconsequential work he had been doing earlier when he was hired to direct Bank Holiday for Gainsborough. It was, by design, a fairly ambitious project in that it mixed several modes – comedy, sentimentality and naturalism. The story (by Rodney Ackland and Hans Wilhelm) was original, and, as was usually the case when Reed did a film, written directly for the screen; the script (by Ackland and Roger Burford) was inferior. The source of the film is unquestionably Grand Hotel and indeed the principal hotel at the resort is called ‘the Grand’.