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
Mania.com
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
Bangitout.com
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

Film4
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
Variety
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
Bullz-Eye.com
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
FulvueDrive-in.com
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
Filmcritic.com
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
DVDTalk.com
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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