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The Proposal Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 18, 2009
Oh Sandra Bullock, why do you do this to yourself?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 22, 2009
By its own modest aims, it's not horrible ...
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 17, 2009
The Proposal is a standard-order, by-the-book romantic comedy that offers nothing remotely fresh or new while following a formula even neophytes know by heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 19, 2009
The script encases Margaret in rusted defenses from which it can't free her without awkward leaps and cheats.
| Original Score: 2/4
June 17, 2009
Classic screwball comedies knew how to get antagonistic lovers to fall for each other without having to resort to bathos; one wants to send first-time screenwriter Pete Chiarelli to an all-day Howard Hawks film festival.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 18, 2009
The problem is not the acting. The problem is what these actors are required to say and do.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 10, 2009
It's obviously formula stuff, and follows that formula so earnestly that at points you'll wince more than swoon (why does every big proclamation of love in the final scenes need to be made in public?).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Toby Young
Times (UK)
July 24, 2009
One minute you're watching a 21st-century remake of His Girl Friday, the next you're having to endure some awful, dumbed-down "women's picture". Bullock deserves better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
Redbox
June 18, 2009
The Proposal's a fairly good-natured but weak proposition -- it's a movie you might enjoy on an evening's date, but it's not one you'll want to spend the rest of your life with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Graham
FILMINK (Australia)
June 16, 2009
The lure of Reynolds' and Bullock's nude scene together is sure to fill cinema seats (and raise a smile), but the other 106 minutes of The Proposal prove utterly forgettable.
Clay Cane
BET.com
July 3, 2009
There is a beacon of light -- Betty White. Ms. Betty could be cast in a revival of 'New Jack City' and you'd believe her in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sharon Hoffmann
Kansas City Star
June 19, 2009
There's nothing surprising here.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rick Mele
AskMen.com
June 18, 2009
At every turn where The Proposal could have seemingly gone in a less obvious direction, it just puts on the blinders and forges ahead with the cliches of this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 45/100
Tim Grierson
Screen International
June 15, 2009
A likeable romantic comedy featuring two charismatic leads who can't quite escape the shackles of a predictable storyline.
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 18, 2009
And though Bullock and Reynolds have snappy chemistry to spare, their love affair stops just shy of being believable. There are too many awkward 'tender' moments and not enough vigor for a real romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 18, 2009
has fleeting moments of hilarity and charisma, but ultimately falls flat as a romance, comedy and drama with an inane, sitcom-ish, uninspired and lazy screenplay along with sloppy editing and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
July 24, 2009
Dear Hollywood, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health . . . please stop parping out meritless tripe like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
June 18, 2009
Were it not for the jangly screwball energy ... The Proposal would be just another desperate attempt to jam as many winning formula elements into one graceless package as possible.
| Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
July 24, 2009
Despite some fine performances and pretty scenery, The Proposal is predictable yet incredible, and devoid of any consistent tone. Better call off that wedding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 22, 2009
Sloppy and lazy.
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