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Based on 40 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The result is something you won't see coming. Don't look for sweet and embraceable. This movie is not afraid to show its claws. Like the spirited teamwork of Kazan and Dano, Ruby Sparks is honest, deep and true. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A movie about the power of the imagination really becomes a movie about a certain element of surrender - about the release of power - that is practically a requirement for loving somebody. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The fictional premise is used cleverly to illuminate the creative process and explore romantic minefields, and the appealing Ruby Sparks has a low-key, polished charm. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What's good in the film, which was shot superbly by Matthew Libatique, is so good - so exuberant and touching and sweet - that you want the whole thing to be perfect, but Ruby Sparks is a closed system that gradually turns in on itself. There isn't enough of someone else. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's a good thing not to know where a film is going - we need surprises, we need to be spun around a few times - and Ruby Sparks, which is about a writer and his muse, but then becomes more about the muse and her writer, is happily just such a film. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It often feels as if the filmmakers expect us to be equally seduced by Ruby's wide-eyed winsomeness. That's a shame, as we can sense the deeper film beneath the surface. Because Ruby remains conceptual, this ambitious project lacks the dimension of the similarly meta-minded Charlie Kaufman projects that apparently inspired it. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    A beguiling romantic fantasy about the creative process and its potential to quite literally take on a life of its own, Ruby Sparks performs an imaginative high-wire act with finesse and charm. show more

  • 75
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Ruby Sparks is far from a landmark in the rickety pantheon of romantic comedy, and under the direction of Dayton and Faris it gnaws a little too hard on its magical-realist trickery. But it's great to see them help an emerging young writing talent like Kazan make her mark by by sweeping away male fantasies of pliant girls and replacing them with a desirable, flesh-and-blood woman. show more

  • 85

    As a whole, however, Ruby Sparks lands like a punch. It's a smart counter-jab to the many movies out there that put forth the myth that the world is full of quirky angels in ballet flats who are just waiting for some morose protagonist to come along in need of their love. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Parts of Ruby Sparks are glowing and gentle. Others are harsh. Still others are wrenching. The transitions are expertly handled, never seeming jarring or inappropriate. If the movie feels like two shorter pieces grafted at the middle, that's an intentional decision. The filmmakers give us something approaching a traditional romantic comedy before deconstructing it. show more

  • January 22, 2013 lukebarnhart77
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    Beautiful, romantic, funny at times, but above all a very interesting and intelligent concept. Well acted, excellently conceived, and a very good film.

  • December 09, 2012 nr00000000132318
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    Nice love story.

  • September 14, 2012 ng00000000125422
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    This movie blew my mind. As I was watching I realized I was totally falling in love with this film. Smart, funny, challenging, even emotionally entertaining. All the while not realizing the subtle enormity of the structure perfectly laid behind scenes. When I realized this had been written by a woman, the same one listed as lead actress and executive producer, Zoe Kazan, the pieces of the puzzle slammed together like a tornado. This is what us men do to women, and how they experience it. The madness. The impossibility. The magic of it all. The devastation of not being able to hold it together. But, above all, how men make it unreal for women to simply be the already magical creatures we are drawn to to begin with. From dreaming the girl. Making her into the dream. Acknowledging the dream and wishing it to be different. To rejecting the new dream once it\'s changed just for our benefit... Word to the wise. Come to terms with yourself and let the girl be. It\'s easier getting to the happy ending that way... And if all else fails, go watch Ruby Sparks. It won\'t disappoint you, it might even leave a dent somewhere there, and above all, it\'s definitely cheaper than the dinner you were about to buy for that girl you don\'t like that much any way. Oh! Before I forget. To all those men out there reading this, saying, \"Hey! women do the same to us!\" My response to that is: \"Why don\'t you go out there and make a movie like Zoe did and then we\'ll give you credit for your witty repartee. Ok?\"

  • September 10, 2012 Michael
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    Wonderful imagination .. Delightful story , delightful characters and even more delightful acting. \"He\'s a genius\"---NO SHE\'S A GENIUS.... Watch out world--- Zoe Kazan has arrived... adoreable, fetching and ooooooooooooooh sooooooooo talented... in front of the camrea--or filling a page with words.

  • August 16, 2012 ap00000000127451
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    Ruby Sparks, like all great romantic comedies, that\'s right, I said great, teaches a valuable lesson. In as much as \"The Notebook\" taught us that we cannot help who we fall in love with, this movie teaches that if you try to control things to make them the way you think you want them to be, you end up ruining life. You must live life and accept your love as your love is, not as you think you want your love to be.

  • August 08, 2012 rn00000000127583
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    Fantastic! Ruby Sparks was humorous and fun with many unexpected surprises. The stars were adorable, quirky, and so easy to relate to. Take the time to see this film, it\'s well worth your time and money!

  • July 29, 2012 jims946
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    The film is wonderful. Don\'t miss it. A breath of fresh air in a summer of very bloody movies. The stars are adorable plus Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas almost steal the show. Run, don\'t walk to your nearest theater and see Ruby Sparks.

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