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Ruby Sparks Reviews

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Rebecca Pahle
The Mary Sue
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.
J. Olson
April 17, 2016
"Ruby Sparks" is a uniquely palatable concoction - part Woody Allen, part John Hughes, part Rod Serling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
There's no shortage of interesting ideas submerged here. Too bad it's such a slog to sit through.
Richard Haridy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
July 17, 2013
Having established this whimsical dream-come-true situation, the film now sneakily subverts it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 6, 2013
It's a refreshing take for a rom-com, and when you add in a healthy dose of humour, it makes for an enjoyable and intelligent treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
The hit and miss nature of Ruby Sparks is a surprise given it's from the same duo that brought us Little Miss Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 8, 2013
Ruby Sparks feels like the best Woody Allen movie Woody Allen never made.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 8, 2013
Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 8, 2013
Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 8, 2013
Screenwriter/actress Kazan's theory seems to have been that if she's going to write herself a part, she might as well make it a crackerjack one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
January 8, 2013
Even with the draggy pacing, though, the actors and the central idea are so good that Dayton and Faris never lose us completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
Eric Melin
December 12, 2012
It tackles the idea that people in a relationship will often try to remake the other person in their image. Some of the twists are more obvious than others, but it has just enough charm (mostly from Kazan herself) to skate by.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 22, 2012
It may be directed by the pair that gave us "Little Miss Sunshine," but what makes this one work is writer Zoe Kazan, who doubles as the female lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 8, 2012
far too derivative of other angsty independent romances that it failed to keep my attention
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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