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It Could Happen to You (1994)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Oct 30, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (10)

Bergman...really brings home the homage to Capra with the pic's warm, bordering-on-irresistible finale.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Perez has a field day as Muriel, injecting a welcome note of good old-fashioned greed into what is otherwise a relentlessly edifying story.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Sweetness is fine as far as it goes, but this oddball romance could have used a twist of lemon.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Simply and without pandering or insults to your intelligence, the movie delivers more of the old-style pleasures of moviegoing than any other picture in a long while.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Bergman never goes for heavy-handed schmaltz, and the whole movie has the same lighthearted big city spirit as the New York Post headlines that follow the story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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If you're looking for a late summer, "feel good" romantic comedy, there aren't too many around more affable than this one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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...generally comes off as an absolutely charming romantic comedy that benefits substantially from the unequivocal chemistry between its stars.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Writer Jane Anderson is a gifted scenarist who seems constrained by a Hollywood formula which places the happy romantic ending on the horizon like a beacon to stare at for nearly two hours.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Anderson's script manages to be both funny and touching without lapsing into undue sentiment.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Though set at present, this schmaltzy romantic comedy might as well have been set in the 1950s or even 1930s, because at heart it's a Capra comedy celebrating the decency of the "little people."

December 14, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Best romance ever. Real, genuine characters with real, developed relationships. Not insulting, not cutesy, just wonderful.

September 22, 2005

Pleasant rags-to-bitches tale, with Fonda shining.

May 18, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Berggman shows that good-hearted folks get better with money, and evil people get nastier. The message is predictable.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A nice little gem of a summer romantic film that ought to pick up your spirits.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

If there's one thing that makes this film really really work, it's the flawless cast.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Adult fairy tale that will make you feel giddy and glad to be alive.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

So-so romantic comedy sunk by the cast

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Overlong, dull and forgettable.

August 20, 2002 Full Review

A grande atuação é de Rosie Perez, que faz uma vilã deliciosa. Chega a dar vontade de entrar no filme e dar uns bons cascudos na antipática Muriel.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

It Could Happen to You is so busy being nice that it forgets to be interesting, resulting in a watery, flavorless little love story with a good heart.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for It Could Happen to You

I'm not a Nicholas Cage fan. At all. But in this film he has his act together. He and Bridget Fonda have wonderful chemistry and together create this charming, lovely romance film. Yeah, it's a bit tacky and unrealistic at times, but it's just too pleasant and supremely watchable that it's very hard to dislike it.
April 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

Based on a true story. A cop gives half a lottery ticket to a waitress in lieu of a tip. He wins $4 million. They are thrown together and become romantically involved. Good cast.
July 25, 2011
Candy Rose

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A sweet film but, my God, anything over five minutes of Rosie Perez screen time is pushing it!
September 23, 2009

Super Reviewer

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