The Proposal (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Proposal (2009)



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

Movie Info

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 works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Chiarelli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 13, 2009
Box Office: $163.9M
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Sandra Bullock
as Margaret Tate
Ryan Reynolds
as Andrew Paxton
Malin Akerman
as Gertrude
Craig T. Nelson
as Joe Paxton
Mary Steenburgen
as Grace Paxton
Denis O'Hare
as Mr. Gilbertson
Betty White
as Grandma Annie
Aasif Mandvi
as Bob Thurber
Niecy Nash
as Flight Attendant
Michael Nouri
as Chairman Bergen
Maureen Keiller
as Suzanne Joines
Dale Place
as Jim McKittrick
Mini Anden
as Simone
Alicia Hunt
as Jillian
Kortney Adams
as Receptionist
Chris Whitney
as Medivac Pilot
Gregg Edelman
as Lead Counsel Malloy
Phyllis Kay
as Mrs. McKittrick
Alexis Garcia
as Immigration Clerk
Kate Lacey
as Party Guest
Gene Fleming
as Store Owner
Mary-Linda Rapelye
as Executive Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Proposal

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (38)

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.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

A fresh twist to a proposal that starts out as all business but becomes something warmer and fuzzier before it's over.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
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

Full Review… | July 24, 2011

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

Full Review… | August 14, 2010

annoyingly predictable and barely watchable piece of Hollywood routine

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

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."

Full Review… | November 2, 2009
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Proposal

Cute movie, Ryan Reynolds as always is good. Sandra Bullock is funny and her and Reynolds have a decent chemistry. Betty White really shines in the supporting role.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Despite some funny moments and the good chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds, there is nothing fresh in this unoriginal romcom whose humor is more embarrassing than inspired. Even worse is how we are supposed to buy that such a tough bitch can change so much in one weekend.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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