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The Rachel Papers (1989)

The Rachel Papers

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 2

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 1,313

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Movie Info

A teen sex comedy derived from the arch debut novel of author Martin Amis by debut director Damian Harris (son of actor Richard Harris). Dexter Fletcher stars as Charles Highway, a 19-year-old computer nerd in London who has created a program that will allegedly guide him through the process of seducing a girl. Charles is determined to win over a beautiful, older woman before he enters Oxford University as a freshman. Then he meets 20-year-old American girl Rachel Noyce (Ione Skye), who … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Romance , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
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In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 5, 2003
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for The Rachel Papers

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

It has a brisk, well-turned-out quality that augurs well for Harris, the son of Richard Harris. Helping set and maintain the film's smart tone is Chaz Jankel and David Storrs' deft, trendy score.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Director Damian Harris isn't able to capture the book's special charms, and resorts to having his young hero address the camera to keep the viewer in the picture.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

The result is without dramatic or moral weight, despite Highway's contrived comeuppance, and it's impossible to care about the characters.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pryce gives one of the year's most refreshingly uninhibited performances as the boy's weird, postmodern hippie brother-in-law Norman. And Fletcher is a genuine star. His devilish precocity makes The Rachel Papers a bracing treat.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Captures the brash boldness of the novel, but not the literary wit. A misguided affair.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Empire Magazine

Why must film-makers always be such slaves to the lowest common denominator?

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Radio Times

Martin Amis's brilliantly acerbic first novel is unpersuasively filmed as a trendy teen comedy, with its self-loathing intellectual hero transformed into a nerdy-but-lovable computer geek.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As a coming of age story, this is much more fun than many contemporary 'teen comedies'.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Rachel Papers

All except the main character are played by good actors, does that make sense? The story is realistic, but kinda boring, an the main character annoys me. Overall, it's okay.

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AJ Verser

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This movie was funny,and also showed the truth that love hurts!

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Cassie Hill

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