When Harry Met Sally Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 30, 2013
By the end, when everyone should be rooting for Crystal and Ryan to get together, the whole enterprise has long since soured.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2008
Fans of Billy Crystal's amphibian qualities may be amused, but the rest of us have to contend with a slavish Woody Allen imitation.
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 1, 2008
Rob Reiner directs with deftness and sincerity, making the material seem more engaging than it is, at least until the plot machanics begin to unwind and the film starts to seem shapeless.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 10, 2004
Overrated nonsense about two people who would never date in real life.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 19, 2003
Much valued in some corners, but found downright painful in this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
Reiner and his stars, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, are better at displaying the foibles of human natures than exploring them.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hilary Mantel
The Spectator
July 28, 2015
This film is your Christmas treat, and unless you die of a seasonal surfeit it will take you into the New Year laughing out loud.
Robin Karney
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
As played winningly by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, there is a quirky chemistry created in their offbeat pairing.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
January 1, 2015
Quite possibly the greatest romantic comedy since Some Like It Hot.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What makes it special, apart from the Ephron screenplay, is the chemistry between Crystal and Ryan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Offers an often humorous, occasionally poignant view of men, women, sex, love, and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2005
What keeps the momentum going, despite the story's predictability, is the dialogue and the chemistry, which makes for a high-wire act.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Meg Ryan-Billy Crystal romantic comedy is hard not to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
When Harry Met Sally is alright as a piece of entertainment for a little while, but it is by far Reiner's worst film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/8
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 20, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Reiner clearly likes his characters, and elicits sturdy performances from a proficient cast (Kirby and Fisher are especially fine as friends and confidants to the pair).
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