Ruby Sparks Reviews

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January 8, 2013
Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.
January 8, 2013
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.
January 8, 2013
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.
January 8, 2013
Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.
January 8, 2013
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.
January 8, 2013
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.
April 11, 2019
Ruby Sparks gets its spark from Kazan. After being mostly a bit player in a handful of films, the 29-year-old actress shows she is more than capable of stepping into lead roles. She's also not too bad at screenwriting as well.
November 9, 2018
All in all, this is just an intelligent, creative, well-acted gem.
August 23, 2018
Ruby Sparks zips along thanks to quality writing and odd-ball performances - Kazan, in particular, looks set for a very bright future indeed.
January 26, 2018
Screenwriter/actress Zoe Kazan shows signs of potential, but she fluffs up Sparks instead of examining its darker elements.
September 11, 2017
Ruby Sparks is a snazzy and thought-provoking debut.
September 11, 2017
It doesn't not work-there's too much genuinely great stuff going on.
October 25, 2016
Although the movie stumbles at the ending -- it becomes both disappointingly predictable and puzzling in the final few frames -- it is such an appealingly uncommon rom-com that is still worth meeting Ruby Sparks.
September 20, 2016
Ruby Sparks is a good little cute 'n' clever (dare I call it... quirky?) movie, and it's possible that the degree to which I'm frustrated with it is solely due to the fact that I hoped for something different, something more.
April 17, 2016
"Ruby Sparks" is a uniquely palatable concoction - part Woody Allen, part John Hughes, part Rod Serling.
May 3, 2015
There's no shortage of interesting ideas submerged here. Too bad it's such a slog to sit through.
November 25, 2013
Ruby Sparks is an honest, entertaining, and insightful picture that, despite a very 'filmy' happy ending, offers up an amusingly frank deconstruction of the 'dream girl' idea that pervades much modern fiction.
July 17, 2013
Having established this whimsical dream-come-true situation, the film now sneakily subverts it.
May 26, 2013
Kazan the writer asks a lot of Kazan the actress, putting her through an emotional wringer while also calling upon her to convincingly traverse a path from happiness to humiliation without missing a beat. She seldom disappoints.
February 8, 2013
Directed by the team behind the equally quirky-but-heartwarming Little Miss Sunshine, it's never quite the biting satire you may expect, aiming rather for a Michel Gondry vibe.
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