Ruby Sparks

2012

Ruby Sparks (2012)

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

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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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Critic Reviews for Ruby Sparks

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (43)

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
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 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ruby Sparks

½

What first seems like a simple one-joke romantic comedy turns out to be about so much more: a deeply honest and sad story about the selfish (but real) need that some people have to control someone else so they can feel loved and make an ideal relationship work.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Dr. Frankenstein, whatever his incarnation, is always surprised to discover that his creation has ideas of its own, doh!, and so it goes in this romantic comedy (with a couple serious messages thrown in to round the whole thing out some). The old absolute power corrupts absolutely angle could've used more airing here, but by and large this is just another cute romcom.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Starts out charmingly as a frothy, wish fulfillment romantic fantasy. Had it stayed with that concept it would have been a cute comedy unfortunately about 3/4 of the way through the male lead starts acting like an incredible jackass and the film turns dark never finding its footing again. A disappointing miss.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

A novelist's main character comes off the page and becomes his real-life dream girl. In its epistemological themes and its depiction of malignant patriarchy, Ruby Sparks is profound and intellectually satisfying, and it's to the film's credit that it balances heavy philosophical issues with comic relief. The creation of a dream girl, a quirky and willing beauty, seems attractive on its face, but the power this task involves makes one question whether it is appropriate. And once God - the author Calvin in this case - is given too much power, what happens to the automaton, his creation. *Spoiler Alert* The theme is better expressed had it ended sooner, without the expectation of happiness. Paul Dano is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. His lanky mawkishness is balance by the clarity of his expression, and he has a talent for choosing only the most promising projects. Overall, I really liked this film because it's both deep and enjoyable on the surface.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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