Romancing the Stone Reviews

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 4, 2014
The filmmakers have devised some clever twists on the earlier films they recall, and they reserve a good share of the derring-do for their heroine, who's a refreshingly far cry from the helpless ladies-in-distress of old.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
April 4, 2014
Turner is terrific, Douglas is fine and the action is slam-bang. Add lots of laughs and it all works out just right.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 4, 2014
In this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, director Robert Zemeckis spices up a deliberately old-fashioned matinée adventure with tongue-in-cheek gags, unpredictably clever touches and top-of-the-range action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
March 31, 2014
This may be a lark, but grown-ups need those too and the lack of pandering to teenage sensibilities helps it stand apart from other adventure films of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Action, romance, sharp dialog; best for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jordan Hiller
July 14, 2010
Between Michael Douglas' mullet, a synthesizer heavy score, and Kathleen Turner shining in her blink and you missed it prime, Zemeckis' movie is truly time capsule worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 29, 2010
A grand example of the rarest combination of adventure, humor, and sexual chemistry which all crackle along with abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

Empire Magazine
May 6, 2008
Douglas and Turner make a great double act in this exuberantly directed adventure movie with a great start turn from the always enjoyable De Vito. Good stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2008
All very tongue-in-cheek (typified by the opening sequence, lifted straight from one of Joan's pulp novels) and great fun.
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Variety Staff
February 6, 2008
Turner is like a lot of unwitting screen heroines ahead of her, guaranteed that her drab existence is about to be transformed -- probably by a man, preferably handsome and adventurous.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 6, 2008
A rousing, old-fashioned romantic adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 6, 2008
Director Robert Zemeckis displays such dazzling cinematic know-how that it's genuinely depressing when this 1984 film falls off into the usual self-ridicule.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 19, 2007
The chemistry between the principles is something that no one can deny.
Will Harris
October 28, 2006
Douglas's performance as Colton single-handedly turned him from being a grade-B actor turned producer into a full-fledged movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
October 2, 2006
A high-spirited cocktail of action, comedy and romance that's one of those rare movies with something for almost everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 15, 2006
often copied, but never quite duplicated
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
September 1, 2006
The message is clear: Love and protection comes with a white face and a big, black gun. His name is Michael Douglas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
August 27, 2006
Its combination of romance and adventure (and a bit of comedy) was spot-on, and few films that have arrived since have captured Stone's enthusiasm and good-naturedness
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
August 13, 2006
A surprisingly witty script, some really excellent chemistry between Douglas & Turner, and a large (and very welcome) portion of comic relief by Danny DeVito. Fun stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Preston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The script is sharp and funny, the direction sure-footed on both the comedy and action fronts, and the whole thing adds up to rather more concerted fun than Indiana Jones' flab-ridden escapade in the Temple of Doom.
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