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Ruby Sparks Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

Ruby Sparks is an honest, entertaining, and insightful picture that, despite a very 'filmy' happy ending, offers up an amusingly frank deconstruction of the 'dream girl' idea that pervades much modern fiction.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 25, 2013
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Having established this whimsical dream-come-true situation, the film now sneakily subverts it.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

July 17, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Kazan the writer asks a lot of Kazan the actress, putting her through an emotional wringer while also calling upon her to convincingly traverse a path from happiness to humiliation without missing a beat. She seldom disappoints.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B

May 26, 2013
Matt Neal
The Standard

It's a refreshing take for a rom-com, and when you add in a healthy dose of humour, it makes for an enjoyable and intelligent treat.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2013
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

The hit and miss nature of Ruby Sparks is a surprise given it's from the same duo that brought us Little Miss Sunshine.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2013
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Ruby Sparks feels like the best Woody Allen movie Woody Allen never made.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

January 8, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2013
Justin Chang
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

January 8, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 8, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

January 8, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Screenwriter/actress Kazan's theory seems to have been that if she's going to write herself a part, she might as well make it a crackerjack one.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2013
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even with the draggy pacing, though, the actors and the central idea are so good that Dayton and Faris never lose us completely.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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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 Source: New York Magazine

January 8, 2013
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

It tackles the idea that people in a relationship will often try to remake the other person in their image. Some of the twists are more obvious than others, but it has just enough charm (mostly from Kazan herself) to skate by.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

It may be directed by the pair that gave us "Little Miss Sunshine," but what makes this one work is writer Zoe Kazan, who doubles as the female lead.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

November 22, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

far too derivative of other angsty independent romances that it failed to keep my attention

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 8, 2012
Andy Lea
Daily Star

Displaying a self-confidence that would put Muhammad Ali to shame, Kazan has cast herself as her real-life boyfriend's fantasy woman.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2012
James White
SFX Magazine

A sprightly, slightly twisted take on the romcom genre.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 15, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The movie's funny for the first half-hour. But thereafter it stumbles like someone trying to find their way out of a hall of mirrors.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 13, 2012
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