Ruby Sparks Synopsis
A novelist with writer's block creates an inspirational female character who springs to life.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Ruby Sparks is a romantic comedy that takes off from a premise so fanciful it needs every bit of the freshness that Dano brings it.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
A beguiling romantic fantasy about the creative process and its potential to quite literally take on a life of its own, Ruby Sparks...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A movie about the power of the imagination really becomes a movie about a certain element of surrender - about the release of power - that...
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Much of the film is pure romantic comedy and a good one. Yet the filmmakers want it to be more.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The fictional premise is used cleverly to illuminate the creative process and explore romantic minefields, and the appealing Ruby Sparks...
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75

NPR

By Ella Taylor
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...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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...
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Ruby Sparks

By baronblue
The trailer was better. Turns out to be sort of a cliche about how you can't micro-control the people you love without becoming a monster. Duh....

Unique and Pretty Well Done

By vizwords
This movie looked great. It was pretty good and definitely worth seeing - but not great. Acting is solid. The idea is very unique - I was told the actress that plays Ruby is actually the writer...

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By glevity
Original , thought- provoking concept ... Ruby Sparks' extraordinary cast and nuanced performances deftly blend reality with fantasy, and leave the viewer to ponder its meaning long after the...

Very cute, totally charming

By dannypants
A very sweet film about the fantasy of being able to control love and the reality of loving someone that requires you to set them free....

See It

By jalbert222
If you do not like this movie, consider the possibility that something is wrong with you. Clever, romantic, creative, well acted and a commentary on so much... from dating to relationships to...

A fabulous film about getting what you wish for; perfect summer flick!

By Peneflix
Anyone who has had their first brush with adolescence has fantasized about the perfect partner; the one who completes the puzzle, the conundrum that is "you"; conforms to your ideal; meets and exceeds...

Good solid romantic comedy

By NYPerson1
It wasn't quite as innovative as I'd been led to expect, but it was fun and definitely worth seeing. The cast is quirky, in a good way....

Ruby Sparks

By virginiafr
I thought is was about a young man's fantasy. A bit on the shallow side, but good fun....

phenmenal

By Santiago - MAKiiNA
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...

So cute.

By Josephcast
Super cute film, and going in I hadn't realized it was from the Little Miss Sunshine people, but makes sense. Paul Dano is wonderful and Zoe Kazan should be a star. A nice little love story. A...

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Rated R | For Some Sexual References, Some Drug Use and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Indie romcom explores ego and love; language, sex talk.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF