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Roxanne (1987)

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88

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 4

Though its sweetness borders on sappiness, Roxanne is an unabashedly romantic comedy that remains one of Steve Martin's funniest.

71

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

Though its sweetness borders on sappiness, Roxanne is an unabashedly romantic comedy that remains one of Steve Martin's funniest.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 46,837

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Movie Info

This modernization of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac casts Steve Martin as C. D. Bates, the fearless, quick-witted fire chief of a Washington State resort town. Bates' most trusted fireman is the handsome but tongue-tied Chris McDonell (Rick Rossovich). Both men are in love with the beautiful Roxanne Kowalski (Darryl Hannah), but Bates, adorned with a huge nose that makes Bob Hope look like Nanette Fabray, is convinced that he's too homely to win Roxanne's heart. Thus, in the

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Comedy, Romance

Steve Martin

Jul 4, 2000

Columbia Pictures Corporation

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (4) | DVD (12)

It's a neat trick, being Steve Martin. He's so good; his movies will get even better.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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In the end it's hopelessly sappy stuff.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Far and away [Martin's] richest film to date, lyrical, sweet-natured, touching, and very, very funny.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The nose itself is a perfect prop for a man who began his career with a fake arrow through his head, a man who has since evolved from a coolly absurdist stand-up comic to a fully formed, amazingly nimble comic actor.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Martin claims to have written 25 script drafts for this film, which indicates the uphill trudge he faced...what he has produced is Steve Martin playing a nice 'n' wacky guy in a sappy story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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All of the corners of this movie have been filled with small, funny moments.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Charming '80s romantic comedy has innuendo, swearing.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...an entertaining yet undeniably forgettable romcom that benefits substantially from the stars' charismatic work.

November 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

for all the things this movie is, it's probably Martin's fault.

June 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's difficult to call a movie this light and insubstantial a classic, but it's as likeable as ever more than two decades after its initial release.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

another in a long line of Cyrano De Bergerac adaptations but easily one of the very best

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

I'd call it reasonably successful, but I can't get excited about it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In an era when romance seems to have taken second place to sex, it's heartwarming to see a film like Roxanne bring back the loveliness of love.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film's success rests firmly with Martin. He wrote the warm-hearted script and delivers a sparkling performance of physical and verbal gymnastics that he hasn't been able to match since.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Very good adaptation of Cyrano with Steve Martin in one his best roles.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Sparkling romantic fun; Martin is superb and Hannah is delightful

January 11, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Terrific and charming "Cyrano" update, with one of Martin's best performances and his best screenplay.

January 9, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A feel-good movie with some perky riffs on romance, beauty, and the value of an inquiring mind.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Shockingly dated, but saved by Martin's effervescent charm and Hannah's radiant beauty.

March 28, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

A truly divine 'Cyrano' update with Steve Martin in amazing comedic form.

October 2, 2002
Needcoffee.com

Steve Martin's winning performance and his brilliant screenplay make up most of Roxanne's success, but Fred Schepisi's direction completes it.

March 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Roxanne represents one more step for Martin away from his off-the-wall origins and into making comedy of some lasting value.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Roxanne

This modern version of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale about the man with the long nose and great wits found the perfect leading man in Steve Martin. He fills his protagonist with enough charm, charisma and arrogance to make the movie work even through a few rather sappy parts. The best moments are those of the small ideas, like lovably chaotic fire department or the fact that Chris climbs houses like an athlete. Even though Hannah does not exactly make for a convincing object of desire with her desperate need for romance, the film easily maneuvers through the weak parts thanks to its leading man and plenty of good and lovable jokes. Another big asset is the setting, an adorable mountain town that works wonders for the movie's atmosphere. They just don't make such comedies anymore.
May 2, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Somehow I'd never gotten around to seeing this movie until now, but I guess I wasn't missing much. Rossovich is too over-the-top stupid to fit the tone of the rest of the film, the dialogue and directing are sloppy, the acting is pretty mediocre all around, and Daryl Hannah?? How she is cast as this gorgeous object of affection baffles me. Slim pickings in that town, I guess.

The acrobatics, the sniffing out fires with his nose.... it's all just trying too hard.
December 15, 2010
shiftyeyeddog

Super Reviewer

The perfect foray into romance and intellectual thinking.
September 8, 2010
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

I saw this movie AGES ago as a kid. Completely forgot about it until I saw it browsing around on Netflix. It's kinda funny, kinda cute. Kinda.
January 26, 2010
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