Roman Holiday (1953)



Critic Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.

Movie Info

A princess plays hooky from her royal duties for 24 hours with a reporter. This is one of Hollywood's most sweetly romantic films -- a frothy, modern telling of the Cinderella story, in reverse.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Dighton, Ian McLellan Hunter, Dalton Trumbo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2002
Paramount Pictures


as Princess Anne

as Joe Bradley

as Irving Radovich

as Gen. Provno

as Mr. Hennessy

as Hennessy's Secretary

as Gen. Provno

as Countess Vereberg

as Mario Delani

as Charwoman

as Dr. Bonnachoven

as Shoe Seller

as Taxi Driver

as Lady-in-Waiting

as Master of Ceremonies

as Embassy Aide

as Correspondent

as Embassy Aide

as Correspondent

as Embassy Aide

as Embassy Aide

as Chief of Corresponde...

as Papal Nuncio, Monsig...

as Sir Hugo Macy de Far...

as Correspondent

as The Maharajah

as The Raikuuari

as Worker

as Prince Istvan Baross...

as Police man

as Dancer

as Irving's Model

as Embassy Staff
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Critic Reviews for Roman Holiday

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (7)

The newcomer named Audrey Hepburn gives the popular old romantic nonsense a reality it has seldom had before.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

For lovers of romantic comedies through the ages, Roman Holiday remains a favorite.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Top Critic

[Wyler] times the chuckles with a never-flagging pace, puts heart into the laughs, endows the footage with some boff bits of business and points up some tender, poignant scenes in using the smart script and the cast to the utmost advantage.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
Top Critic

Wyler lays out all the elements with care and precision, but the romantic comedy never comes together -- it's charm by computer.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie remains a great tonic.

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

Immaculately directed by William Wyler, and written and played with style and grace, this is a film to treasure, both for its endearing action and marvellous performances.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Roman Holiday


A sweet and charming romantic comedy with Audrey Hepburn in her first major role (which earned her the only Oscar of her career), and it finds the perfect balance between funny and captivating, having as eye-candy setting the city of Rome - where it was shot in its entirety.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

No question that it's a classic, as Audrey Hepburn's debut and a fine example of the Do The Right Thing roles that Gregory Peck excelled in: family friendly with a few laughs and revolving around a one-day blossoming of an impossible love. Hepburn overacts a bit, and I could take or leave the supporting cast, but it's a charming relic that's worth seeing once, and features a Rome very different than the iconic city we saw in Italian post-war films.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

A light-hearted and innocent rom-com that set the bar for movies to come. With such an age, "Roman Holiday" should, by every right, be considered a conventional and cliche movie, but it surpasses due to its palpable and saturated chemistry and genuinely hilarious moments. You've got strong writing here, you got incredible performances, and you got ingeniously creative moments. How come the rom-coms that come out in 2012 is worse than a 1953 flick? I guess Hollywood never learns to adapt.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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