Ruby Sparks Reviews

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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 8, 2012
far too derivative of other angsty independent romances that it failed to keep my attention
October 30, 2012
Displaying a self-confidence that would put Muhammad Ali to shame, Kazan has cast herself as her real-life boyfriend's fantasy woman.
October 15, 2012
A sprightly, slightly twisted take on the romcom genre.
October 13, 2012
The movie's funny for the first half-hour. But thereafter it stumbles like someone trying to find their way out of a hall of mirrors.
October 13, 2012
The picture offers worrying commentary on male stereotypes of femininity and on the gender's domineering tendencies.
October 12, 2012
[B]arely distinguishable from other similar tales of young men who need a schooling in the realities of not being a selfish jerk, with one glaring exception: ... this one is all about teaching Calvin that -- spoiler! -- women are people.
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.
October 12, 2012
Both fresh and fun.
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.
October 11, 2012
Kazan energises a film which could have been weighted down by Dano's often-repeated Little Mr Rainstorm act.
October 11, 2012
Though recognisably a variation on Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, it's a daringly unconventional idea, and Ms Kazan has written endearing roles for herself and her real-life boyfriend, Mr Dano.
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