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Metascore

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100
Los Angeles Times
The summer's uncorseted, unqualified delight. [14 July 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]
100
Rolling Stone
A ravishing, romantic lark brimming over with style, intelligence and flashing wit.
90
Time
Like Harry and Sally, the movie is hardworking, spot on; it winepresses its conversation into epigrams. No surprise here.[31 July 1999, p.65]
75
USA Today
As a successful careerist who tries purging his neuroses in a coin-operated batting cage, Crystal is funny enough to keep Ryan from all-out stealing the film. She, though, is smashing in an eye-opening performance, another tribute to Reiner's flair with actors. [12 July 1989, Life, p.1D]
75
Chicago Sun-Times
What makes it special, apart from the Ephron screenplay, is the chemistry between Crystal and Ryan.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The comedy is warm and witty and wafer-thin, as easy on the palate as a raspberry sorbet on a summer afternoon.
75
Chicago Tribune
From his long experience in television, [Reiner] has learned how to create characters with just enough depth to hold together but not so much that they become too individualized, too stubbornly complex. [12 July 1989, Tempo, p.1]
63
Christian Science Monitor
What he forgot to ask Woody [Allen] for was the keen insight into middle-class folkways that marks the best Allen pictures. [28 July 1989, Arts, p.10]
60
Chicago Reader
Very slickly and glibly put together, with a sharp eye for yuppie decor and accoutrements; even Woody's habitual, fanciful vision of an all-white New York is respected.
60
The plot may seem anything but fresh (and the borrowings from Woody Allen certainly are stale), but director Rob Reiner has a killer instinct for setting up jokes and punchlines.

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