(1990)

Critic Reviews

51

Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
The New York Times
Something special.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
The sweetest and most openhearted love fable since "The Princess Bride."
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The intelligence and wit of this glass-slipper heart-of-gold fantasy are shocking.
80
A modern-day treatment of Pygmalion and Cinderella rolled into one, it is graced by first-class performances from two easy-on-the-eye stars and a sharp, funny script.
63
USA Today
For the first time in years (even counting his excellent work in "Internal Affairs"), Richard Gere's acting gears aren't too obviously apparent; Julia Roberts, though the breadth of her emotional range remains in question, is beautiful and can act - a not-bad blueprint for continued employment. [23 Mar 1990, Life, p.4D]
50
Christian Science Monitor
The message is plain: Men, especially rich men, have all the power. So be sure to do what they tell you, and maybe they'll treat you nicely... It's not one I like to hear. [27 Apr 1990, Arts, p.10]
50
The silly script lurches from one jarring, implausible moment to another, and Marshall directs like he was wearing earplugs and boxing gloves on the set.
25
Entertainment Weekly
Starts out as a neo-Pygmalion comedy, but the film is slow, earnest, and rhythmless.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
It's one of those self-consciously cute pictures, about as hard to take as a person who stands in front of a mirror and preens all day. [23 Mar 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
25
Chicago Tribune
It sounds like standard Cinderella stuff (and the script comes complete with plenty of allusions to princesses in towers), but it's played here with an emphasis on possessions and possessing that borders on the obscene... It's a pretty ugly movie. [23 Mar 1990, Friday, p.C]

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