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When Harry Met Sally Reviews

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April 1, 2008
This is Ephron at her best.

TV Guide
April 1, 2008
Director Rob Reiner has a killer instinct for setting up jokes and punchlines, and is vastly aided by the performances and chemistry of Crystal and Ryan, as well as crisp supporting work from Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2008
Fans of Billy Crystal's amphibian qualities may be amused, but the rest of us have to contend with a slavish Woody Allen imitation.
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Variety Staff
April 1, 2008
Rob Reiner directs with deftness and sincerity, making the material seem more engaging than it is, at least until the plot machanics begin to unwind and the film starts to seem shapeless.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 16, 2008
Reiner's film breaks the romantic-comedy mold because it's not so much about Harry and Sally as it is about men and women.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Reiner clearly likes his characters, and elicits sturdy performances from a proficient cast (Kirby and Fisher are especially fine as friends and confidants to the pair).
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2005
What keeps the momentum going, despite the story's predictability, is the dialogue and the chemistry, which makes for a high-wire act.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 16, 2004
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are terrific together in one of the best romantic comedies of the 1980s.
John Venable
September 10, 2004
A classic romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 10, 2004
Overrated nonsense about two people who would never date in real life.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 19, 2003
Much valued in some corners, but found downright painful in this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
What Harry and Sally do -- the true focus of this often funny but amazingly hollow film -- is saunter through the romanticized lives of intelligent, successful, neurotic New Yorkers.
| Original Score: 3/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
December 12, 2002
The best romantic comedy ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Meg Ryan-Billy Crystal romantic comedy is hard not to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This film is pure fun from start to end, and it made me want to be in love again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
Provides plenty of material for a private seminar on the education of your sentiments about love, friendship, and sexuality.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A ravishing, romantic lark brimming over with style, intelligence and flashing wit.
April 17, 2001
The writing and direction plays with the [romantic comedy] form and your expectations alike throughout, and with such good performances the film makes for a deliciously prickly ride with laugh-out-loud moments and scenes that resonate through the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
takes its time in exploring the long, sometimes bumpy, and often comical process by which two people might discover they are in love
| Original Score: 4/4
James Brundage
February 13, 2001
We have to give When Harry Met Sally... credit for what it did: Make one of the few romance films that bears any kind of truth without also being a dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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