Murphy's Romance 1985

Murphy's Romance

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Emma (Sally Field), a divorced single mother seeking to start her life over, moves to a small town in Arizona. She builds a relationship with Murphy (James Garner), the older local pharmacist but, due to his age, it remains platonic. Their friendship becomes complicated when Emma's ex-husband, Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), shows up. He claims to have changed his ways, but when he turns out to be the same man Emma divorced, she discovers her true feelings for Murphy.

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Critic Reviews for Murphy's Romance

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (7)

  • ... an enjoyable, if decidedly minor, love story...

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Martin Ritt directs the screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch, who cross the country wisdom of Tennessee Ernie Ford with the stale wit of the Johnny Carson joke team.

    February 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The picture just lumbers along, lightly propelled by a series of contrived conflicts ... and anecdotal observations that don't add up to much.

    February 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, this sweet and homey picture which casts two very decent actors (Sally Field and James Garner) in two very decent roles, falls far short of compelling filmmaking.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • A depressing barometer of contemporary Hollywood.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Mr. Garner and Miss Field are able comic actors, but they can't be much better than the corny material, the occasional one-liners and an overall sunniness that refuses to set.

    May 20, 2003

Audience Reviews for Murphy's Romance

  • Jan 13, 2014
    This fall-spring relationship may be a little bit difficult to understand but James Garner ends up being charming enough to win over Sally Field. One suspects this is due to a lack of options. Very sweet rather than creepy.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2011
    I think the best thing about this movie was Corey Haim.He seemed to have so much potential.I remember him being on the cover of all the teen magazines when I was a little kid.Maybe if some director took another chance on him, He could've had a break out role & things would've been different today.Who knows? 2 & a 1/2 stars just for Corey
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2010
    Very good movie :) A nice movie to watch on a rainy day when there's nothing else to do. Gardner & Field were great in this movie :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2009
    (1985 Director: Martin Ritt) Wonderful chemistry between James Garner and Sally Field in this tale about a divorcee who must pull herself up by her bootstraps who is raising her son on her own after being left by her very flaky ex-husband who resurfaces to complicate her independence. Lots of truths in this film and some excellent humor.
    Teresa S Super Reviewer

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