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Up Close & Personal

Up Close & Personal (1996)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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Movie Info

A story about a career television journalist who eclipses her mentor, this drama's plot resembles that of A Star Is Born, and it shares the same screenwriters as those who penned the 1976 version of that film, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. It's based loosely on the real-life story of newscaster Jessica Savitch. Sally Atwater (Michelle Pfieffer) gets a job at a Miami TV station based on a demo tape from her hometown of Reno, Nevada. The station's news director is Warren Justice (Robert


Drama, Romance

Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne

Sep 7, 1999

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (24) | DVD (2)

Is it worse as a love story or as a drama about the sorry state of television news? The answer: It's a tie.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Glitz! Glamour! Love! TV news ethics?

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A perfectly respectable effort, but with all the talent involved it could have been better.

January 23, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Bland TV expose loosely based on the life of Jessica Savitch

April 29, 2005
Film Journal International

Final proof that "based on actual events" means absolutely nothing.

April 17, 2005

There is no real sexual tension between [Pfeiffer and Redford] from the get-go, so when they finally do get together, it feels forced, ungenuine.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

It doesn't get anymore romantic than this

April 27, 2003

Serious flick that feels more like a satire of a Robert Redford film.

February 7, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Love story about two soul-mates who are willing to do whatever it takes to enable the other to shine.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Up Close & Personal

Old-fashioned Hollywood movies are hard to come by these days, and that is what makes this big-screen love story such a treasure. Writer Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, who based the screenplay on Alanna Nash's biography of ill-fated TV newswoman have gone with a largely fictional tale, and this works very much in the film's favour.
February 10, 2008
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A classic and remarkable movie. Robert's portrayal of a dedicated journalist has been an encouragement to others in similar situations. Yes, I don't fear for my career.
November 17, 2007
Cinema Films

Super Reviewer

    1. Tally Atwater (formerly Sally): He's so stupid!
    2. Warren Justice: He's an anchorman.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Rob Sullivan: Some people in this business get jaded because it's always the same awful stories. And it is the same stories - but they're happening to different people.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Tally Atwater (formerly Sally): What we in the news business can never forget is that we are only as good as the stories we tell.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Tally Atwater (formerly Sally): Why don't you come with me?
    2. Warren Justice: I've already been where you're going.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Tally Atwater (formerly Sally): Do you wanna be with me?
    2. Warren Justice: So much it hurts.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Bucky Terranova: Your voice is full of money.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
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