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Notting Hill (1999)

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83

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 17

Charming performances provide romance aplenty.

76

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 7

Charming performances provide romance aplenty.

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Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Richard Curtis

Nov 9, 1999

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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (17) | DVD (24)

The ending is happy and ironic in equal measure, but most of the fun is just getting there with the right chemistry and compatibility.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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t's an agreeably slick affair, with decent support performances, elegant camerawork, and several impressive set pieces.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An exceptionally guy-friendly chick flick.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Lately, romance comedies have expanded in running time, doubtless to compensate for their shrinkage in charm, and this is no exception -- it's way too long for something far too slight.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The film's romantic core is impervious to problems.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It's funny, sympathetic, mostly smart, and it boasts a likable cast of characters led by two performers who have star power and know how to use it.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Not deep, but definitely funny--teens will enjoy.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a crowd-pleaser, all right (so were public hangings, once), but with all the emotional resonance of a tap on the knee with a rubber hammer.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Hugh Grant teams up with writer Richard Curtis for the second time, and we've got a winner.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The blatant self-piracy and marketing greed on display here suck the soul out of this almost likeable romantic comedy.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The most enjoyable way to read this movie is as an elaborate -- though good-natured -- practical joke on Julia Roberts.

December 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Make no mistake: Even those who've previously managed to resist the Julia Juggernaut are likely to cave in after seeing 'Notting Hill.'

July 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Curtis and Michell rely on America's love for those nutty Brits to sell the film, and they will not be disappointed.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It endears and entertains, with genuine warmth and grace.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

A thoroughly pleasurable emotional thrill ride that is, in its own way, as satisfying as watching Arnold hang from the wing of a speeding jet.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

While we never doubt the outcome, Notting Hill offers an enjoyable narrative journey.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Exuding a self-deprecating charm that's hard to resist, Grant captivates the audience immediately as the film's narrator.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Esta é uma daquelas histórias que todos sabem como irá terminar - o divertido é o trajeto até o desfecho.

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

[Grant] makes the romantic yearning palatable and moving in each scene he's in, and the result is both funny and poignant.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

A charming and polished romantic comedy,

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Whoopsidaisies!, muy divertida.

September 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

The movie is a fairy tale, and writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) knows how much the public loves a fairy tale.

June 29, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Notting Hill

Like I've said in a previous review, all a romantic comedy needs is a tangible chemistry between the two actors and a clever script. "Notting Hill" delivers the goods.

It's lacking in many technical standpoints and can get a little too sappy at times, but the characters are so alluring and the script is so witty that it overcomes the choke points of this film. I found myself laughing out loud at the humor and I found myself really caring to see more progression within these characters' relationships. "Notting Hill"'s a great romantic comedy that's sure to please all movie-goers.
May 28, 2012
Albert Kim

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Personally endeared and irresistible, Notting Hill is a perfect dream - a beloved story that begins with a coincidence that has evolved into something greater between an ordinary man and a prominent actress. Notting Hill is perhaps imperfect, but beyond reason, Notting Hill capitalizes on basic human emotional vulnerabilities. Most charming.
November 7, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

Wonderfully funny movie, that can be seen over and over again. Brilliantly written, with great characters, a delightful cast and perfect chemistry between the actors. It's got more memorable scenes than several dozen's worth of your average rom-coms put together. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that it's my favourite "Brit flick" of all-time. It also gives you a very fascinating insight to the complicated reality that comes with being a movie star. I have a very sincere love for this film and I'm not afraid to say it. It's witty, it's heartfelt and beautifully narrated. But above all, incredibly moving. Too bad they never made a spin-off with the character "Spike", because every minute he's on screen is an absolute riot. Anyway, if you're looking for a cozy feel-good film to watch with someone special, then this is truly the perfect pick.
October 10, 2011
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Mike S

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Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?

Saw it again! Great romantic film! Julia Roberts nail her part and Hugh Grant in his best work yet to me. Watch it with your significant other and I promise you'll end up holding hands. Two thumps up! Notting Hill is totally implausible, happily improbable, feel good flick, does more to influence positive attitudes about people with disabilities than any all day sensitivity training seminar could ever hope to accomplish.

Every man's dream comes true for William Thacker, an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can't believe it himself, William runs into her again - this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world's most wanted woman is not easy - neither around your closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press.
September 8, 2011
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    1. William Thacker: You'd go and I'd be... well buggered, basically.
    – Submitted by Swathi N (2 years ago)
    1. Spike: Nice firm buttocks!
    – Submitted by Siham B (2 years ago)
    1. Bernie: James Bond didn't have to deal with this sorta shit.
    – Submitted by Aaron W (2 years ago)
    1. William Thacker: I've opened Pandora's Box!
    2. Spike: I knew a girl named Pandora in High school once . . . Never did see her box though!
    – Submitted by Jason 123 D (3 years ago)
    1. Anna Scott: After all, I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
    – Submitted by Yanti A (3 years ago)
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