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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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88

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 7

Rob Reiner's touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

79

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

Rob Reiner's touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

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Rob Reiner's romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as the title pair. The film opens with the two strangers, both newly graduated from the University of Chicago, share a car trip from Chicago to New York, where they are both going to make their way. During the trip, they discuss aspects of their characters and their lives, eventually deciding it is impossible for men and women to be "just friends." They arrive in New York and go their separate ways. They meet a

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Nora Ephron

Oct 13, 1998

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (7) | DVD (26)

Reiner wants to maintain the sitcom sense of comfort and familiarity; he creates types that we somehow already know, slightly out-of-focus images in which we can see ourselves and our friends.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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When Harry Met Sally pleasantly affirms the institution of marriage while showing how difficult it is to achieve a lasting one.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The summer's uncorseted, unqualified delight.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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If you love vintage Woody Allen, you'll like the nouveau Rob Reiner.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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During the slow passages, I wondered to what extent the film's creators are aware of its Woodyisms, and to what degree they feel guilty about ripping Allen off.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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ike Harry and Sally, the movie is hardworking, spot on; it winepresses its conversation into epigrams.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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Reiner and his stars, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, are better at displaying the foibles of human natures than exploring them.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

As played winningly by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, there is a quirky chemistry created in their offbeat pairing.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

What knocks it out of the park is the combination of Ephron's insights and Reiner's matchless comic chops.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The fake-orgasm-in-a-deli set piece propelled Ryan into stratospheric stardom, but there are numerous other pleasures to be found in Nora Ephron's Oscar-nominated screenplay and Rob Reiner's astute direction.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

When Harry Met Sally is funny and likable, but it will be a torture chamber for anxious singles.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

By the end, when everyone should be rooting for Crystal and Ryan to get together, the whole enterprise has long since soured.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

...a better-than-average romantic comedy that remains just as relevant now as it did in 1989...

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Sally is special lightning-in-a-bottle stuff that every member of the production has spent precious years of their lives trying to recreate, but always failing miserably.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Comments (2)
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This is Ephron at her best.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Director Rob Reiner has a killer instinct for setting up jokes and punchlines, and is vastly aided by the performances and chemistry of Crystal and Ryan, as well as crisp supporting work from Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Reiner's film breaks the romantic-comedy mold because it's not so much about Harry and Sally as it is about men and women.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for When Harry Met Sally

Its like the late 80's version of 500 days of summer or vice versa. Its fun and cute. It can be placed on as some of the best romantic films of our time.
August 2, 2012
paul o.
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WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... is anomalous to the romance genre. Rarely do we see such a film that covers as much as an entire decade of a relationship. We rarely see a romance that spans more than a year. Unlike in many romances, we really get to know and understand Harry and Sally. The story begins rather quickly, but that's so that they may be introduced as quickly as possible. By the end we feel as if we actually know them personally, even though neither one of them are the most likeable characters. (There isn't one character in this movie I'd want to meet, to tell you the truth.) In short, this isn't just a funny movie-I'm sorry, a very funny movie-but also an honest movie.
July 7, 2012
spielberg00

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My favorite sequence is the voiceover of Harry's late-night call to Sally, the two explicating Casablanca, while scenes of their individual lonelinesses play out.
June 23, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

"I'll have what she's having."
April 2, 2012
smith44

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    1. Harry Burns: Big Ten school.
    – Submitted by James R (41 days ago)
    1. Older Woman Customer: I'll have what she's having.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (13 months ago)
    1. Jess: Marriages don't break up on account of infidelity. It's just a symptom that something else is wrong.
    2. Harry Burns: Oh, really? Well, that symptom is fucking my wife!
    – Submitted by Joakim A (13 months ago)
    1. Harry Burns: Why don't you tell me the story of your life?
    2. Sally Albright: The story of my life?
    3. Harry Burns: We've got eighteen hours to kill before we hit New York.
    4. Sally Albright: The story of my life isn't even going to get us out of Chicago, I mean nothing's happened to me yet. That's why I'm going to New York.
    5. Harry Burns: So something can happen to you?
    6. Sally Albright: Yes.
    7. Harry Burns: Like what?
    8. Sally Albright: I can go into journalism school to become a reporter.
    9. Harry Burns: So you can write about things that happen to other people?
    – Submitted by Joakim A (13 months ago)
    1. Older Woman Customer: I'll have what she's having.
    – Submitted by Michael B (18 months ago)
    1. Jess: I like saying its in the den its got a nice ring to it.
    – Submitted by Daniel R (18 months ago)
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