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Roman Holiday Reviews

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April 12, 2017
I have no idea why... But obsessed!
½ March 24, 2017
The stars are especially magical in William Wyler's light-hearted (though ultimately wistful) romantic comedy. Audrey Hepburn, in her first major role, is innocent and gamine-like (esp. after that haircut) as a princess touring Europe with too many bureaucratic duties to perform. Gregory Peck, less wooden than usual, is the American reporter who stumbles upon her when she makes a late-night break for freedom from her minders. The next day, the two (along with photographer Eddie Albert) spend the day visiting Roman tourist destinations (shot on location) in a carefree way but comically underscored by the efforts of the journalists to conceal their identities and true purpose (to get a scoop for their paper). Of course, Peck and Hepburn fall in love - but, after all is said and done, she is a princess and must return to her duties. Or must she? Dalton Trumbo came up with the story (while blacklisted as part of the Hollywood 10) and received his Oscar posthumously in the 1990s. Breezy and special, due primarily to Hepburn's charisma but Wyler also knew a thing or two about directing and hits the right emotional notes, expertly playing the audience. Lives up to its reputation.
March 20, 2017
The first parts of the movie is really just light hearted comedy, very fun to watch. You'd think it doesn't deserve the 98% in Rotten Tomatoes, but when you reach the climax and the ending scene, its the most beautifully acted romance. Personally my favorite ending in a romantic movie,
½ March 14, 2017
great scenery. lousy movie
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
½ March 11, 2017
Audrey Hepburn burst onto the movie scene with this film, her first role. She plays an English Princess traveling in Rome who is bored with her official duties and the tight schedule she's on. One night after getting a tranquilizer to calm her from the stress of it all, she sneaks away into the streets of Rome. She's found by a newspaperman played by Gregory Peck, who takes her to his place to sleep it off. When he finds out who she really is, he realizes he's on top of a gold mine of a story, and enlists his photographer friend (Eddie Albert) to get candid shots of the two while they sightsee.

Hepburn and Peck are such an attractive couple, and director William Wyler gets lots of beautiful shots of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and of course the classic scene they have at the Bocca della VeritÓ. It all makes for a very romantic film. Hepburn played her part perfectly, expressing frustration and joy with such economy, as well as the restraint that comes from being a royal. Among several others, the scene with her getting her hair cut short is captivating, and it's no wonder that she won an Oscar for her performance. Peck's performance is also excellent, and Eddie Albert pulls off the part of a young rogue quite well despite being 47 at the time. I won't spoil the ending, except to say it's touching and poignant, and so perfectly shot in the Palazzo Colonna. At the end of the day this is 'just a romantic comedy', with its share of silliness, but it's so mature and magical, and with these stars in this setting, it stands head and shoulders above so many others.
½ March 3, 2017
Roman Holiday, Distance makes the hearts grow fonder
Roman Holiday a remarkable and significate black and white movie, and loved by generations of people. The reverse version of Cinderella story. Story happed between an American News Service in Roman reporter Joe Bradley and Princess Ann. Joe Bradley doesn't like his current job that much and would rather go back to States and work for what he thinks a real news agency. He was on the verge of getting fired for he sleeping in and missed an interview with HRH Princess Ann. Princess Ann runs away from her life and rescued from danger by handsome reporter. Comparing to the current a lot of rated R romantic movies, Roman Holiday did a really good job. First of all, director used all beautiful scenes to tell a charming love story instead of using sexual scenes, this makes Roman Holiday becomes the movie that whole family can enjoy together. Second, this movie taught audiences that love are no races, classes, and boundary.
The Mouth of Truth was considered the funniest scene of the whole movie. Joe Bradley puts his hand into the sculpture's mouth at The Mouth of Truth. According to legend, the sculpture would nip off the hand of liars who are put hands in its mouth. In the film, Audrey Hepburn's reaction was not an act, as he decided to pull a gag without telling her beforehand, not because of her na´ve, just because of she was totally trusted Joe. There is another famous scene of Joe deriving a Vespa scooter with Princess Ann sitting behind him and her arms holding around joe. I felt function of these beautiful scenes are ten times stronger than sexual scenes of current movies.
Beautiful loyal princess fell in love with American news reporter. Even if there was a whole different between them, the different class, different nationalities, we could even say they lived in two whole different society. But the pure love between them let them over came all the differences and has made Roman Holiday became the most remarkable movie for generations.
There is no doubt Roman Holiday is classical, sweet and charming romantic comedy. Made world fell in love with Audrey Hepburn and her beautiful smile. And almost every man want to run out and buy a Vespa scooter have a ride with their beautiful women. Princess Ann was Audrey Hepburn's first major role in a movie and helped her earned her first and the only Oscar movie reward in her career. And also make this movie to be a joinable for everyone no matter adult and children.
February 23, 2017
A fantastic movie, often copied, never replicated to this perfection. Gregory Peck is at the top of his game as usual and Audrey Hepburn is amazing for a first timer, although a more experienced Hepburn might have coughed on her cigarette as she said "Nothing to it" The movie is pretty unrealistic, but the motivations and reactions aren't. Also the movie isn't boring. Lots of excitement, more than I expected. And the final scene is one of Gregory Peck's best, melancholy, restrained, and nostalgic. I'm not usually interested in romantic comedies, but this one was good. It was really good.
February 23, 2017
Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.
February 16, 2017
Film yang merupakan karangan orisinil Dalton Trumbo ini, mengangkat sebuah kisah yang ringan, namun sangat menghibur. Kerap kali saya harus tertawa menyaksikan beberapa adegan-adegan jenaka situasional yang diperlihatkan film ini. Selain mengangkat tema yang ringan, film ini adalah sebuah debut yang luar biasa untuk Audrey Hepburn.
Super Reviewer
½ December 21, 2016
A sweet and charming romantic comedy with Audrey Hepburn in her first major role (which earned her the only Oscar of her career), and it finds the perfect balance between funny and captivating, with the lovely city of Rome as eye-candy setting - where it was shot in its entirety.
½ November 18, 2016
Audrey Hepburn is very charming and Rome provides a nice setting. The ending is balanced and appropriate.
September 17, 2016
Dalton Trumbo's perfect script, flawlessly brought to life by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is a timeless classic that gets better with each viewing
Super Reviewer
August 28, 2016
Undeniably charming, although I'd argue Peck is miscast (he's just not scrappy enough for this role) but that hardly matters. That bittersweet ending is just wonderful.
August 8, 2016
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is feeling overwhelmed by her duties as a monarch and elects to play hooky in Rome during a goodwill tour. She blunders into the clutches of a journalist (Gregory Peck) who sees her as the ticket to a juicy (and lucrative) headline, but things go in a direction that neither figure anticipated. Roman Holiday plays into a number of romantic comedy tropes, but it subverts genre cliches just as often as it exploits them (The ending takes a relatively more nuanced and believable tone when it could've easily gone for the tacky, trite, and crowd-pleasing route that a lazier movie would've happily taken). However, despite the intelligent and witty screenplay, Roman Holiday's finest asset is in the understated and affected facial acting of both Hepburn and Peck; they are critically effective at projecting the senses of desire, responsibility, and vulnerability found in their respective characters.
½ August 3, 2016
A classic romantic comedy with Audrey Hepburn shining on the lead role, Roman Holiday is as lovely as it is funny.
July 25, 2016
The original rom-com. This zany feature sets the stage for Hepburn and she dances all the way with it.
½ July 13, 2016
A classic that has as much star power as it does charm.
May 15, 2016
I haven't seen every romantic comedy ever made, But I can certainly see why "Roman Holiday" is considered the best romantic comedy ever made. Long after Peck, Hepburn, their characters, and the era they loved in have passed, I'm still hoping the best for them.
½ May 4, 2016
Roman Holiday (1953) ??? 1/2
Wonderful comedy with Audrey Hepburn a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her life to live with Gregory Peck in Rome, whom she fell in love with. Peck and Oscar-winner Hepburn anchor this fun film. Direction by William Wyler.
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