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Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman (1990)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Self-involved corporate raider Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) has recently split up with his girlfriend. Seeking directions to the Beverly Hills Hotel, he makes the acquaintance of free-spirited hooker Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) and decides to put her on a 3,000-dollar retainer as his "date." He Cinderellarizes her by bankrolling a full wardrobe and cosmetic makeover. Of course, the setup will be strictly platonic. A disarming modern-day fairy tale, Pretty Woman was the picture that made Julia

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Comedy, Romance

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J.F. Lawton

May 19, 1998

Buena Vista

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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (21) | DVD (34)

This is old-fashioned, assembly-line moviemaking without the old panache.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Pic's casting is astute, with Gere underplaying like a sturdy ballet star who hoists the ballerina Roberts on his shoulders.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It's saying Roberts' character becomes a better person when she lands a rich guy and learns to cry at the opera.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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He pays her $3,000 and they fall in love -- ain't Hollywood grand?

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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For a film that attempts to satirise snooty materialism, it focuses too pantingly on the designer labels, and comes down firmly on the side of 'rich is better'.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It is something special.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The movie is a fairy tale, more about American consumerism than a reformed prostitute, but it's worth seeing for Julia Roberts charismatic performance.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's all fairly unconvincing - but its heart is roughly in the right place.

February 16, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Takes the Disney princess and puts her in the real world, creating a chick flick with a little bit of edge, a whole lot of heart and and even more chemistry between the film's two leads.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Believing in love is swell and all, but maybe we're better off not buying the brand Pretty Woman is selling. [Blu-ray]

February 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The movie itself, a modern update of the Cinderella story, is as contrived as you get--isn't that not-so-secretly what we want?--but at no point is Roberts' performance

February 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Against all odds, the presence of the incomparable Julia Roberts makes this a damn enjoyable career-defining film for Garry Marshall, and a guilty pleasure for movie lovers.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Gere and Roberts do good work, but this feelgood fantasy is laced with some preposterous messages about love, success and money.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Bound to offend prostitutes and millionaires everywhere, this flick is not the street-smart Pygmalion it desperately wants to be.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Low on real social comment, this modern fable still has more than enough chemistry between its leading pair to rake in the box-office rewards.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Director Garry Marshall somehow lucked into a hit despite his oppressive 125-minute running time and excessive schmaltz.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Plenty sappy and unrealistic but also a funny and dysfunctionally romantic charmer.

October 7, 2005

I've always loved this film, even though it is a class-A chick flick.

September 7, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Gere and Roberts click as "John" and call girl destined for more romantic things.

September 5, 2005
Movie Metropolis

As formulaic and push-button-y as it is, it still houses some truly enjoyable movie-star chemistry,

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

An emotionally appealing film that taps into our primal feelings about money, power, pleasure, shame, intimacy, and love as a redemptive power.

August 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Pretty Woman

This is a great romcom that is a classic even till this day! I believe it was one of Roberts major breakthrough films and i think we can see why! Its a lovely romcom that is enjoyable to watch and smile with! Very much worth the watch!
April 11, 2012
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classic story
March 19, 2012
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

Julia Roberts before the edge set in, there is a slight ironic innocence in her earlier acting.

A nostalgic watch, despite the highly unrealistic storyline and (at the time) it's accused glamourisation of prostitution. Some enjoyable moments to rewatch though and this is a film that does what it's supposed to, it's easy watching, taken with a pinch of salt, with a fairy tale ending.
January 20, 2012
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Despite the cliché, Pretty Woman is memorable, compounded by great performances from Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Formulaic, but beloved, Pretty Woman thrives on a perfect dream, perhaps a wild and modern interpretation of Cinderella.
November 7, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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    1. Edward Lewis: People's reaction to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic. They either love it or hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.
    – Submitted by The Vinh H (13 months ago)
    1. Vivian Ward: I want the fairy tale.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Edward Lewis: What's your name?
    2. Vivian Ward: What do you want it to be?
    – Submitted by Yanti A (3 years ago)
    1. Vivian Ward: You're late.
    2. Edward Lewis: You're stunning.
    3. Vivian Ward: You're forgiven.
    – Submitted by Yanti A (3 years ago)
    1. Vivian Ward: I appreciate this whole seduction thing you've got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I'm a sure thing.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Vivian Ward: In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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