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Reviews: Ruby Sparks (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Il discorso sulla scrittura e sulla creazione esce dallo sfondo tradizionale, per rendere più solida la storia di Ruby e Calvin. Solo nel finale, il film cerca un lieto fine impossibile e consolatorio, che finisce per stonare un po’.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: A delightful and clever update of the Greek Pygmalion myth.
  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Ruby Sparks has some interesting ideas about romance and the creative process, but this viewer would have welcomed a deeper and more penetrating satire of the tropes it’s examining, or any of the other ideas it leaves tantalizingly unexplored.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: Ruby Sparks certainly resides at the deep end of the romantic comedy pool. This creative indie has fun with its intriguing, if not entirely original premise, and offers a thoughtful and pleasant time.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
  • Peter Canavese @ GrouchoReviews.com
    • Excerpt: In a time of mind-numbing rom coms, Ruby Sparks uses fantasy to get real about modern romance.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Star Zoe Kazan’s…written a hell of a role for herself, a showcase for every type of mood and emotion, but the directors haven’t succeeded in making the tale take on a life of its own
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Screenwriter Zoe Kazan takes a whimsically fantastical idea and sees it through to its inevitably bitter end.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Though the character of Calvin will disagree, ‘Ruby Sparks’ isn’t perfect. But it’s a lovely first-time film from the highly promising talent of Zoe Kazan.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Humorous, slyly sentimental romantic fable
  • [New – 6/6] | A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice
    • Excerpt: …a smart, funny, and surprisingly rough picture that’s aware of the dangers of idealizing a romantic interest without accepting the flaws that are inevitably part of the package.
  • Jesse Hassenger @ The L Magazine
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Ruby may be the most odious Manic Pixie Dream Girl ever, because she is a not-real woman, so we cannot even console ourselves with the notion that she has her own independent existence apart from Calvin.
  • Josh Larsen @ LarsenOnFilm.com
    • Excerpt: Clever, but not clever enough to make its central conceit work.
  • Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: Haiku – Ruby Sparks – Creations don’t stay abstract long when they become flesh and blood women
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Ruby Sparks is an uneven, yet interesting experiment. Some of it works pretty well. There are moments in the first half when Ruby Sparks is a screwball romantic comedy that it’s actually quite funny. Dano is an odd comedic star. He gives a fairly physical performance, powered by his gangly limbs and Woody Allen-esque line readings. His nervous energy isn’t always convincing, but neither is the script, which is actually by Ruby herself, Zoe Kazan. There are moments here where it appears that Kazan is trying to subvert the “manic pixie girl” tradition, a bit of revenge against Garden State and other films of a similar ilk.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The real charm of the movie is in its creator and star, Kazan. She’s not a classic beauty, but she’ll soon have you forgetting that. She’s the Little Miss Sunshine of this movie.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: … successfully keeps reality at bay, bringing life and loveliness to what should be an annoyingly predictable story.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: More romantic fantasy than magic realism, “Ruby Sparks” is a charming bit of fluff that relies on an elementary narrative gimmick inline with something Woody Allen might have employed 30 years ago.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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