Ruby Sparks Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
...this is a complete vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
September 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 16, 2012
Rather than being Stranger Than Fiction with insightful gender politics, Ruby Sparks is more a hipster Weird Science.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 24, 2012
Assaults the audience with such an unending charm offensive that what initially seems cute becomes cutesy, and what feels quirky descends into twee.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2012
"Ruby Sparks" is a closed system that gradually turns in on itself. There isn't enough of someone else.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 10, 2012
On paper, it sounds like a delight. In practice, though, Ruby Sparks -- which boasts only the occasional twinkle -- mostly just fizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 22, 2012
Never gets beyond feeling like a Stephen King fable about the dangers of getting too invested in your own writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
July 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 15, 2012
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
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
I think the problem with Ruby Sparks is that it's never really sure what the rules are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 11, 2012
I wanted to send everyone in Ruby Sparks to a treatment centre for the terminally winsome. A de-schmaltz clinic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
October 11, 2012
A big waste of a lot of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 2, 2012
Where's writer's block when you really need it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 19, 2012
A tepidly humored cerebral gimmicky fantasy film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 12, 2012
[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.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 8, 2012
far too derivative of other angsty independent romances that it failed to keep my attention
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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