Romancing the Stone - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Romancing the Stone Reviews

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Variety Staff
February 6, 2008
Turner is like a lot of unwitting screen heroines ahead of her, guaranteed that her drab existence is about to be transformed -- probably by a man, preferably handsome and adventurous.
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
September 1, 2006
The message is clear: Love and protection comes with a white face and a big, black gun. His name is Michael Douglas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
October 23, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 17, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
An elaborately produced, mostly charmless adventure-comedy that intends to make fun of a kind of romantic fiction that's one step removed from what the movie is all about.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 6, 2008
Director Robert Zemeckis displays such dazzling cinematic know-how that it's genuinely depressing when this 1984 film falls off into the usual self-ridicule.
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John Preston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The script is sharp and funny, the direction sure-footed on both the comedy and action fronts, and the whole thing adds up to rather more concerted fun than Indiana Jones' flab-ridden escapade in the Temple of Doom.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Action, romance, sharp dialog; best for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Will Harris
October 28, 2006
Douglas's performance as Colton single-handedly turned him from being a grade-B actor turned producer into a full-fledged movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
After all the Raiders rip-offs, it's fun to find an adventure film that deserves the comparison, that has the same spirit and sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 4, 2014
In this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, director Robert Zemeckis spices up a deliberately old-fashioned matinée adventure with tongue-in-cheek gags, unpredictably clever touches and top-of-the-range action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
August 9, 2002
A funny movie with some decent action scenes, Stone was a big blockbuster when it came out, but hasn't aged particularly well. The chemistry between the Douglas, Turner and DeVito is still fun to watch.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
June 1, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
August 13, 2006
A surprisingly witty script, some really excellent chemistry between Douglas & Turner, and a large (and very welcome) portion of comic relief by Danny DeVito. Fun stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Vaux
March 31, 2014
This may be a lark, but grown-ups need those too and the lack of pandering to teenage sensibilities helps it stand apart from other adventure films of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 29, 2010
A grand example of the rarest combination of adventure, humor, and sexual chemistry which all crackle along with abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
August 27, 2006
Its combination of romance and adventure (and a bit of comedy) was spot-on, and few films that have arrived since have captured Stone's enthusiasm and good-naturedness
| Original Score: 4/5
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