Ruby Sparks

2012

Ruby Sparks

Critics Consensus

Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.

79%

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Calvin (Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Cast

Paul Dano
as Calvin Weir-Fields
Zoe Kazan
as Ruby Sparks
Steve Coogan
as Langdon Tharp
Elliott Gould
as Dr. Rosenthal
Aasif Mandvi
as Cyrus Modi
Emma Julia Jacobs
as Party Goer at Langdon's
Rightor Doyle
as Partygoer 1 - Hammer
Eden Brolin
as Partygoer 2 - Hammer
Michael Silverblatt
as Michael Silverblatt
Mary Jo Deschanel
as Female Professor
Kai Lennox
as Sort of Weird Guy
Ole Olofson
as Older Dude
China Jesusita Shavers
as Partygoer 1 - Book Release
Jack Levinson
as Partygoer 2 - Book Release
Michael Berry Jr.
as Silverlake Passerby
Lindsay Fishkin
as Box Office Teller
Claudia Bestor
as Lecture Curator
Oscar
as Scotty the Dog
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All Critics (177) | Top Critics (47)

  • Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sure it's been done before -- man brings ideal woman to life -- but not quite like Ruby Sparks. And that sets this film up to be a smart and romantic low-key comedy that goes beyond expectations.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If the result feels like a Pinocchio story that spends too much time with Geppetto, or a takedown of narcissism that never breaks free of what it's critiquing, Dano nonetheless makes Calvin compelling company.

    Jan 8, 2013

    Justin Chang

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ruby Sparks flirts with preciousness and has less fun with its premise than it could have, but that's because it's actually a gently touching metaphorical drama about the real essence of love.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Ruby Sparks might have been more fun if Cal were written to be expansive instead of a worrywart in the middle-aged Matthew Broderick mode.

    Jan 8, 2013

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