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The Proposal Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 24, 2009
They may as well have called this one 'Mis-Matched Sham Wedding Comedy #57513' for all the effort it makes to shake new life out of a tattered genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 22, 2009
Sloppy and lazy.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
June 22, 2009
Believability really goes out the window here.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 19, 2009
Instead of being about dinosaurs and time warps, it's about gags that were old when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 19, 2009
Thanks to casting and chemistry, this is the first great romantic comedy of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 19, 2009
It's impossible to guess why Bullock was ever attracted to this insulting role, and the eternally confident Reynolds is miscast as a young, bullied underling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 19, 2009
Shamelessly derivative, contrived and predictable, The Proposal is nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 19, 2009
A mostly harmless, completely unsurprising romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2009
The Proposal is just a good old-fashioned romance, one in which people actually bring out the best in one another rather than the worst. How novel is that?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 19, 2009
A romantic comedy doesn't need to be original to be enjoyable, and yet The Proposal still falls way too short of the mark.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 19, 2009
It isn't a film with a lot of big guffaws, but I smiled through most of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 19, 2009
Like most Hollywood romantic comedies these days, The Proposal is all about bringing a woman to her knees.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 19, 2009
Onscreen chemistry is an elusive notion but you know it when you see it, and Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds definitely have it in The Proposal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 19, 2009
A straight-ahead romantic comedy that relies on the considerable charms of its stars, The Proposal feels so comfortable and familiar you might feel like you've seen it before.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 19, 2009
[A] buoyant vehicle for Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, whose chemistry is a happy surprise.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 19, 2009
Nobody who ever attended a date movie will be surprised by what happens, but The Proposal has low expectations and good vibes in its favour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 18, 2009
The Proposal coasts along on likability, right up to its standard-issue ending; what it doesn't do is surprise us in any way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 18, 2009
Though it falls short of winning our hearts completely, The Proposal is a serviceable and intermittently funny romance made enjoyable by the sparks between Bullock and Reynolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 18, 2009
Why a screenwriter would think hilarity would ensue from this premise is anybody's guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 18, 2009
Just looking at the poster for The Proposal, a by-the-numbers romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, tells you exactly how it's all gonna go down.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 18, 2009
A romantic comedy so numbing it feels like Novocaine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 18, 2009
The setup is formula, but Bullock and Reynolds supply surprising fizz and kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 18, 2009
Following 27 Dresses, this is the second high-concept, low-impact, wedding-themed comedy in 18 months for choreographer-turned-director Anne Fletcher. It might be time to move on.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 18, 2009
Somehow, someone decided this rom-com needed less rom and more com -- a fatal mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2009
The Proposal recycles a plot that was already old when Tracy and Hepburn were trying it out. You see it coming from a great distance away. As it draws closer, you don't duck out of the way, because it is so cheerfully done, you don't mind being hit by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2009
The Proposal could have been much smarter, and much hipper. Instead, it settles for silliness and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 17, 2009
Bullock's longtime fans should be happy to see her fully engaged in a role that suits her and paired, at last, with her comic equal: Reynolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2009
The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 17, 2009
So we've got a prodigal son who has the chance to deal with his father issues and discover things about his heretofore evil boss. It's like a romantic-comedy cliché twofer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 17, 2009
All the romantic comedy conventions are shamelessly on parade in The Proposal, trampling on our brains and turning them into mush.
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
June 17, 2009
Bullock is one of those actresses that help prove that, when done right, a romantic comedy can be a wonderfully satisfying thing.
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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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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
June 16, 2009
You know every tinny beat and false note by heart, from the implausible setup to the sprint-to-the-airport finish.
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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
June 15, 2009
Diverting romantic antic about a sham engagement is sparked by the bright chemistry and comic timing of Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 15, 2009
The Proposal won't catch any bouquets for originality, but in terms of a bended-knee pitch for the affections of women this romantic comedy pretty much pulls out all the stops.