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Ruby Sparks Reviews

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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
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.
| 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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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
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
James White
SFX Magazine
October 15, 2012
A sprightly, slightly twisted take on the romcom genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
October 13, 2012
The picture offers worrying commentary on male stereotypes of femininity and on the gender's domineering tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
October 12, 2012
A romantic comedy with a dark twist, this film gets under the skin as it knowingly explores both the writing process and the nature of relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 12, 2012
Both fresh and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 12, 2012
If it pulls a few punches, and has an ending that seems pie in the sky, it is at least ambitious enough to dare to be something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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