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Ruby Sparks (2012)



Critic Consensus: Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.

Movie Info

Calvin (Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person. -- (C) Fox Searchlightmore
Rating: R (for language including some sexual references, and for some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Zoe Kazan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2012
Box Office: $2.5M
Fox Searchlight - Official Site


Paul Dano
as Calvin Weir-Fields
Zoe Kazan
as Ruby Sparks
Steve Coogan
as Langdon Tharp
Elliott Gould
as Dr. Rosenthal
Aasif Mandvi
as Cyrus Modi
Emma Julia Jacobs
as Party Goer at Langdo...
Rightor Doyle
as Partygoer 1 - Hammer
Eden Brolin
as Partygoer 2 - Hammer
Michael Silverblatt
as Michael Silverblatt
Mary Jo Deschanel
as Female Professor
Kai Lennox
as Sort of Weird Guy
Ole Olofson
as Older Dude
China Jesusita Shave...
as Partygoer 1 - Book R...
Jack Levinson
as Partygoer 2 - Book R...
Michael Berry Jr.
as Silverlake Passerby
Lindsay Fishkin
as Box Office Teller
Claudia Bestor
as Lecture Curator
as Scotty the Dog
Michael Silverblatt
as Michael Silverblatt
Oscar and Meyer
as Scotty the Dog
Steeve Coogan
as Langdon Tharp
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Critic Reviews for Ruby Sparks

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (42)

Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Sure it's been done before -- man brings ideal woman to life -- but not quite like Ruby Sparks. And that sets this film up to be a smart and romantic low-key comedy that goes beyond expectations.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

If the result feels like a Pinocchio story that spends too much time with Geppetto, or a takedown of narcissism that never breaks free of what it's critiquing, Dano nonetheless makes Calvin compelling company.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Top Critic

Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

Ruby Sparks flirts with preciousness and has less fun with its premise than it could have, but that's because it's actually a gently touching metaphorical drama about the real essence of love.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Ruby Sparks might have been more fun if Cal were written to be expansive instead of a worrywart in the middle-aged Matthew Broderick mode.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ruby Sparks


Dr. Frankenstein, whatever his incarnation, is always surprised to discover that his creation has ideas of its own, doh!, and so it goes in this romantic comedy (with a couple serious messages thrown in to round the whole thing out some). The old absolute power corrupts absolutely angle could've used more airing here, but by and large this is just another cute romcom.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


What first seems to be a simple one-joke romantic comedy turns out to be about so much more: a deeply honest and sad story about the selfish (but real) need that some people have of controlling someone else in order to feel loved and make an ideal relationship work.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Starts out charmingly as a frothy, wish fulfillment romantic fantasy. Had it stayed with that concept it would have been a cute comedy unfortunately about 3/4 of the way through the male lead starts acting like an incredible jackass and the film turns dark never finding its footing again. A disappointing miss.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Ruby Sparks Quotes

Calvin: I control you.
– Submitted by Elena S (2 years ago)
Calvin Weir-Fields: I couldn't see you when you were here and now that you're gone, I see you everywhere.
– Submitted by Andrea M (2 years ago)
Calvin: Oh... I'm just having trouble wrapping my head around the reality of this situation.
– Submitted by Kristinne Chrystelles B (3 years ago)
Ruby: I miss you already, Ruby!
– Submitted by Superkitty A (3 years ago)

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