• Released
  • December 28, 1987
  • NR , 1 hr 59 min
  • Romantic Comedy
    Romantic Drama
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100

TV Guide

The film has enough adventure and excitement to satisfy, and the faintly bittersweet note of the ending is made deliciously palatable by its artistic rightness.
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90

Variety

[William Wyler] times the chuckles with a never-flagging pace, puts heart into the laughs, endows the footage with some boff bits of business and points up some tender, poignant scenes in using the smart script and the cast to the utmost advantage.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It delivers on everything it promises, from the modern day reverse-Cinderella fable to a fabric of low-key humor. [Review of re-release]
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
Witty, warm and beautifully filmed by Franz Planer and Henri Alekan, it remains an unabashed romantic delight, with Hepburn particularly luminescent. [Review of re-release]
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80

The New York Times

It is a contrived fable but a bittersweet legend with laughs that leaves the spirits soaring.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film itself is a classic of romantic wish fulfillment, exactly the sort of beautiful lie that Hollywood specialized in. [Review of re-release]
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60

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Wyler lays out all the elements with care and precision, but the romantic comedy never comes together - it's charm by computer. [Review of re-release]
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.