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Ruby Sparks Reviews

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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
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

...this is a complete vanity project.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered

Ruby Sparks means well, but I believe it is an awful film, an unintentionally uncomfortable experience I'd like to forget about as soon as possible.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/10

September 14, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Rather than being Stranger Than Fiction with insightful gender politics, Ruby Sparks is more a hipster Weird Science.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5

September 16, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Assaults the audience with such an unending charm offensive that what initially seems cute becomes cutesy, and what feels quirky descends into twee.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

July 24, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's refreshing to see a premise such as this one treated to a nonsmarmy telling. But the picture, intelligent but mild, has more of a 10-volt hum than a true spark.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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"Ruby Sparks" is a closed system that gradually turns in on itself. There isn't enough of someone else.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 26, 2012
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

On paper, it sounds like a delight. In practice, though, Ruby Sparks -- which boasts only the occasional twinkle -- mostly just fizzles.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

August 10, 2012
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Never gets beyond feeling like a Stephen King fable about the dangers of getting too invested in your own writing.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5.5/10

July 22, 2012
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com

Ruby Sparks diminishes its own stakes from the start, and nothing that happens in this breezy, ineffective rom-com does anything to improve that.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 26, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The problem in the screenplay is its lack of imagination, oddly enough, which is demonstrated by repetition of the central idea - instead of a satisfactory development of it

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 15, 2012
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

So it falls short - which makes it an especially frustrating experience. There's so much to like and so many potentially interesting ideas to embrace that I really wanted it to work.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 20, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I think the problem with Ruby Sparks is that it's never really sure what the rules are.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

I wanted to send everyone in Ruby Sparks to a treatment centre for the terminally winsome. A de-schmaltz clinic.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 11, 2012
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

A big waste of a lot of talent.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

October 11, 2012
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Where's writer's block when you really need it?

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Star Zoe Kazan's...written a hell of a role for herself, a showcase for every type of mood and emotion, but the directors haven't succeeded in making the tale take on a life of its own

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

July 26, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
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A tepidly humored cerebral gimmicky fantasy film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

September 19, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[B]arely distinguishable from other similar tales of young men who need a schooling in the realities of not being a selfish jerk, with one glaring exception: ... this one is all about teaching Calvin that -- spoiler! -- women are people.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

October 12, 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
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