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The Proposal (2009)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 182
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 102

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds exhibit plenty of chemistry, but they're let down by The Proposal's devotion to formula.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 22

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds exhibit plenty of chemistry, but they're let down by The Proposal's devotion to formula.



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When high-powered book editor Margaret faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she's actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew, who she's tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family, and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the


Comedy, Romance

Peter Chiarelli

Oct 13, 2009


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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (102) | DVD (13)

They may as well have called this one 'Mis-Matched Sham Wedding Comedy #57513' for all the effort it makes to shake new life out of a tattered genre.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Sloppy and lazy.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
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Believability really goes out the window here.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Instead of being about dinosaurs and time warps, it's about gags that were old when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
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It's impossible to guess why Bullock was ever attracted to this insulting role, and the eternally confident Reynolds is miscast as a young, bullied underling.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Shamelessly derivative, contrived and predictable, The Proposal is nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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A fresh twist to a proposal that starts out as all business but becomes something warmer and fuzzier before it's over.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The comedy is some good moments, and the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds is strong, but it's too cute and predictable

July 24, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)

Simple and clichéd, yet refreshing. As long as you're hell-bent on seeing a romantic comedy, The Proposal will deliver.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

annoyingly predictable and barely watchable piece of Hollywood routine

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comments (5)

It's not awful, certainly not memorable and - despite the words of at least one quote whore - it's not "the year's best comedy."

November 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

a morass of clichés

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Tailored to fit Sandra Bullock more snugly than the antique wedding gown altered for the star during the final act, the film begins to fall apart at the seams after its focus wanders from its promising screwball premise...

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Bullock is totally at home in this territory, and she remains fun to watch, but I do wish she would get stronger, possibly more original comedic material.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Unfortunately, this winning team is stuck in a dumb vehicle.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

The Proposal doesn't blaze any new ground, but it doesn't raze any old ground either. It's a solid, old-fashioned romantic comedy that's more interested in the romance than in being silly or raunchy. These days, that's refreshing enough.

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's obviously formula stuff, and follows that formula so earnestly that at points you'll wince more than swoon (why does every big proclamation of love in the final scenes need to be made in public?).

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

There is something to be said for such a relentlessly by-the-numbers chick flick programmer that is nonetheless a breezily enjoyable sit.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source:

I was engaged by the fiery chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Comments (2)
Entertainment Spectrum

A mildly enjoyed engagement that simply wasn't meant to last.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

The sight of Bullock doing a rap dance with granny in the woods is a traumatising experience.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Comments (4)
Sunday Times (UK)

This is familiar territory crudely traversed.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It is contrived and predictable, squandering the chemistry between co-stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as it creates lazy escapist entertainment that is forgotten as soon as the end credits have rolled.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

At the Sandra Bullock Movie Factory, a Hunky Co-Star Assembly Line rivets a new head on a standard male muscular body per SB pic.

July 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Teletext

Despite some fine performances and pretty scenery, The Proposal is predictable yet incredible, and devoid of any consistent tone. Better call off that wedding.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for The Proposal

This film started badly for me when I suggested watching it as a treat to my wife as she's a bit of a Ryan Gosling fan. Guys - always make sure it's a Ryan Gosling film and not a Ryan Reynolds film in these situations. I watched the whole film from the confines of the Dog house. Anyway, The Proposal was no worse and no better than I expected. It isn't very good. It has all the old cliches you'd expect but with added original horrors. However, I'm somewhat in awe of Sandra Bullock. I was annoyed that she was cheapened and convinced to strip down to gain ratings. I was then annoyed with myself for enjoying said scenes. What can I do? I'm only human! (reptile, same thing). I'm ashamed to say I'm rating this film on a short semi-naked scene involving Sandra Bullock, I promise this will never happen again. Please don't judge me.
March 11, 2014

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It's a really good ol' rom-com that actually makes you laugh. It's a bit formulaic but I really like Bullock's and Reynolds' performances.
February 27, 2014

Super Reviewer

Only a charisma piece but there's oodles of that charisma. You'll hate yourself for liking it. Okay, okay, hate's a strong word. Maybe its a better chick flick than I give it credit for being.
February 4, 2013

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    1. Margaret Tate: Hey, pssst, You know I can't swim! Hence... the boat.
    2. Andrew Paxton: Hence... the boat.
    – Submitted by MB S (20 months ago)
    1. Margaret Tate: Are you supposed to get down on your knees or something?
    2. Andrew Paxton: I'm gonna take that as a 'Yes'...
    3. Margaret Tate: Oh, okay..
    – Submitted by Jen B (21 months ago)
    1. Margaret Tate: Why didn't you tell me you're some kind of Alaskan Kennedy?
    2. Margaret Tate: We've been talking about you... for the last three years.
    – Submitted by Rebecca R (22 months ago)
    1. Andrew Paxton: Now, you could imagine my disappointment when it suddenly dawned on me that the woman I love is about to be kicked out of the country.
    – Submitted by Emma P (23 months ago)
    1. Andrew Paxton: Marry me.. Because I'd like to date you..
    – Submitted by Jen B (2 years ago)
    1. Margaret Tate: You know I can't swim!
    2. Andrew Paxton: Hence... the boat.
    – Submitted by Chris Z (3 years ago)
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