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Roman Holiday (1953)

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98

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 1

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.

86

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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.

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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.

Unrated,

Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

Dalton Trumbo, John Dighton

Nov 26, 2002

Paramount Pictures

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

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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For lovers of romantic comedies through the ages, Roman Holiday remains a favorite.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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[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.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Wyler lays out all the elements with care and precision, but the romantic comedy never comes together -- it's charm by computer.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (14)
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The movie remains a great tonic.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mr. Wyler and his associates have fashioned a natural, tender, and amusing yarn about the heiress to the throne of a mythical kingdom who is sick unto death of an unending schedule of speeches, greetings, and interviews attendant on her goodwill tour...

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Only the big screen can do justice to its scintillating monochrome images.

July 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

As welcome as a cooling gelato on a hot summer's day.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A lovely film.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Hepburn represents all western cinema, finally allowed out to play on the cobbled streets of postwar Europe.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Hepburn and Peck revel in their shared duplicity but almost take a backseat to the splendour of the Italian capital, which has rarely been given so much lens-love since.

July 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The Paramount crew that worked on Roman Holiday reminded me of expert marksmen who had made "charm" their target and seldom if ever missed it.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

The reason Roman Holiday works is because it understands Hepburn's place in the pantheon of Silver Screen icons

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Mixes the romantic comedy formula of an unlikely couple slowly falling in love with some classic slapstick to create a movie that's tough not to be delighted by.

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

If only more filmmakers would remember that not all fairy-tale romances need to have a pat, happily-ever-after ending.

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

It's a beautiful snapshot into the past, both for the historic look of Rome and to witness the birth of the romantic comedy.

November 19, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

[An] unfailingly lovely fairy tale.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Delicious and delectable Audrey's Oscar-winning American debut. But not such a difficult feat with William Wyler backing you up.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wyler's direction is heavyhanded (imagine what Lubitsch or Capra would have done with the romantic tale), but the actors (Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert) are charming and on-location shoot in Rome is major benefit even if the film is b/w.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A delicious romantic-comedy.

January 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.
May 25, 2014
blacksheepboy

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.
August 31, 2012
danperry17

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.
July 28, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

In a way this movie is about appreciating the small things in life and enjoying them with good company. Work to live, don't live to work. In Princess Anne's case, she doesn't have a choice, she was born into it.

Although the movie isn't a masterpiece, it's easy to understand why Audrey became a star after it. She has this natural way of acting,when she smiles the whole screen lights up.
November 5, 2011
Saxia

Super Reviewer

    1. Irving Radovich: Joe, we can't go running around town with a hot princess!
    – Submitted by Adam O (18 months ago)
    1. Princess Anne: At midnight, I'll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.
    2. Joe Bradley: And that will be the end of the fairy tale.
    – Submitted by Adam O (18 months ago)
    1. Princess Anne: I could do some of the things I've always wanted to.
    2. Joe Bradley: Like what?
    3. Princess Anne: Oh, you can't imagine. I-I'd do just whatever I liked all day long.
    – Submitted by Adam O (18 months ago)
    1. Joe Bradley: You should always wear my clothes.
    2. Princess Anne: It seems I do.
    – Submitted by Adam O (18 months ago)
    1. Joe Bradley: Irving! Am I glad to see you!
    2. Irving Radovich: Why? Did you forget your wallet?
    – Submitted by Adam O (18 months ago)
    1. Princess Anne: Your Excellency, I trust you will not find it necessary to use that word again. Were I not completely aware of my duty to my family and to my country, I would not have come back tonight or indeed ever again!
    – Submitted by Adam O (18 months ago)
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