Roman Holiday Reviews

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times
February 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 21, 2013
Only the big screen can do justice to its scintillating monochrome images.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 19, 2013
As welcome as a cooling gelato on a hot summer's day.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 18, 2013
A lovely film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 18, 2013
Hepburn represents all western cinema, finally allowed out to play on the cobbled streets of postwar Europe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jessica Mellor
Total Film
July 9, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Manny Farber
The Nation
September 5, 2012
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 28, 2010
The reason Roman Holiday works is because it understands Hepburn's place in the pantheon of Silver Screen icons
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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TIME Magazine
February 2, 2009
The newcomer named Audrey Hepburn gives the popular old romantic nonsense a reality it has seldom had before.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 8, 2008
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.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
November 25, 2008
If only more filmmakers would remember that not all fairy-tale romances need to have a pat, happily-ever-after ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 19, 2008
It's a beautiful snapshot into the past, both for the historic look of Rome and to witness the birth of the romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 1, 2008
For lovers of romantic comedies through the ages, Roman Holiday remains a favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
April 1, 2008
[An] unfailingly lovely fairy tale.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 13, 2007
Delicious and delectable Audrey's Oscar-winning American debut. But not such a difficult feat with William Wyler backing you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 13, 2007
[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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 13, 2007
Wyler lays out all the elements with care and precision, but the romantic comedy never comes together -- it's charm by computer.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 16, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The movie remains a great tonic.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 29, 2006
A delicious romantic-comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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