Critic Consensus: Though its sweetness borders on sappiness, Roxanne is an unabashedly romantic comedy that remains one of Steve Martin's funniest.
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Critic Reviews for Roxanne
It's a neat trick, being Steve Martin. He's so good; his movies will get even better.
Far and away [Martin's] richest film to date, lyrical, sweet-natured, touching, and very, very funny.
The nose itself is a perfect prop for a man who began his career with a fake arrow through his head, a man who has since evolved from a coolly absurdist stand-up comic to a fully formed, amazingly nimble comic actor.
Martin claims to have written 25 script drafts for this film, which indicates the uphill trudge he faced...what he has produced is Steve Martin playing a nice 'n' wacky guy in a sappy story.
Audience Reviews for Roxanne
This modern version of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale about the man with the long nose and great wits found the perfect leading man in Steve Martin. He fills his protagonist with enough charm, charisma and arrogance to make the movie work even through a few rather sappy parts. The best moments are those of the small ideas, like lovably chaotic fire department or the fact that Chris climbs houses like an athlete. Even though Hannah does not exactly make for a convincing object of desire with her desperate need for romance, the film easily maneuvers through the weak parts thanks to its leading man and plenty of good and lovable jokes. Another big asset is the setting, an adorable mountain town that works wonders for the movie's atmosphere. They just don't make such comedies anymore.
Somehow I'd never gotten around to seeing this movie until now, but I guess I wasn't missing much. Rossovich is too over-the-top stupid to fit the tone of the rest of the film, the dialogue and directing are sloppy, the acting is pretty mediocre all around, and Daryl Hannah?? How she is cast as this gorgeous object of affection baffles me. Slim pickings in that town, I guess. The acrobatics, the sniffing out fires with his nose.... it's all just trying too hard.
The perfect foray into romance and intellectual thinking.
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