When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

When Harry Met Sally (1989)



Critic Consensus: Rob Reiner's touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

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Does sex make it impossible for men and women to be true friends? This romantic comedy chronicles this dilemma through the eleven year relationship between Harry and Sally who meet in college, then pursue their own lives until they reconnect ten years later.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Columbia Pictures

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Meg Ryan
as Sally
Gretchen Palmer
as Stewardess
Joe Viviani
as Judge
Robert Alan Beuth
as Aisle Man
David Burdick
as 9-Year-Old Boy
Joseph Hunt
as Waiter at Wedding
Franc Luz
as Julian
Stacey Katzin
as Hostess
Estelle Reiner
as Older Woman Customer
John Arceri
as Christmas Tree Salesman
Peter Day
as Joke Teller at Wedding
Kuno Sponholtz
as Man in Documentary
Charles Dugan
as Man in Documentary
Connie Sawyer
as Woman in Documentary
Katherine Squire
as Woman in Documentary
Al Christy
as Man in Documentary
Bernie Hern
as Man in Documentary
Frances Chaney
as Woman in Documentary
Rose Wright
as Woman in Documentary
Aldo Rossi
as Man in Documentary
Peter Pan
as Man in Documentary
Donna Hardy
as Woman in Documentary
Jane Chung
as Woman in Documentary
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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (14)

Reiner wants to maintain the sitcom sense of comfort and familiarity; he creates types that we somehow already know, slightly out-of-focus images in which we can see ourselves and our friends.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

When Harry Met Sally pleasantly affirms the institution of marriage while showing how difficult it is to achieve a lasting one.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The summer's uncorseted, unqualified delight.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If you love vintage Woody Allen, you'll like the nouveau Rob Reiner.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

During the slow passages, I wondered to what extent the film's creators are aware of its Woodyisms, and to what degree they feel guilty about ripping Allen off.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

ike Harry and Sally, the movie is hardworking, spot on; it winepresses its conversation into epigrams.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for When Harry Met Sally


Ephron's screenplay is marvelous, deliciously funny and deserving of every award - and much of the improvised dialogue in several moments fits so perfectly that they seem scripted -, but what makes the movie even more adorable is the chemistry between Crystal and Ryan.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Funny, charming and cleverly loveable. When Harry Met Sally... is an endearing romantic comedy with an interesting script and hilarious performances from Billy Crystal & Meg Ryan. The film's flawless blend of love and laughter is a standard held high to this day for all "rom-coms". 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Its like the late 80's version of 500 days of summer or vice versa. Its fun and cute. It can be placed on as some of the best romantic films of our time.

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