Ruby Sparks Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 17, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

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 | Original Score: B
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 6, 2013

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 8, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Justin Chang
Variety
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

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.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

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 | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 8, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 8, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
December 12, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 22, 2012

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 | Original Score: 7/10
James White
SFX Magazine
October 15, 2012

A sprightly, slightly twisted take on the romcom genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
October 13, 2012

The picture offers worrying commentary on male stereotypes of femininity and on the gender's domineering tendencies.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
October 12, 2012

A romantic comedy with a dark twist, this film gets under the skin as it knowingly explores both the writing process and the nature of relationships.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 12, 2012

Both fresh and fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 12, 2012

If it pulls a few punches, and has an ending that seems pie in the sky, it is at least ambitious enough to dare to be something different.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
October 11, 2012

Kazan energises a film which could have been weighted down by Dano's often-repeated Little Mr Rainstorm act.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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