Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A ravishing, romantic lark brimming over with style, intelligence and flashing wit.
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By James Berardinelli
Together, Crystal and Ryan really click. Even though their characters are polar opposites (or perhaps because of it), their interaction has a charm and warmth that most motion picture pairings lack.
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The joy comes not from the will-they-won't-they romance between the two leads, but from the sharply written humour from the pen of writer Nora Ephron.
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
From his long experience in television, [Reiner] has learned how to create characters with just enough depth to hold together but not so much that they become too individualized, too stubbornly complex. [12 July 1989, Tempo, p.1]
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The comedy is warm and witty and wafer-thin, as easy on the palate as a raspberry sorbet on a summer afternoon.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
The kind of little film you can get cozy with, laugh at in odd places even when nobody else is laughing - and yet people will not turn around to glower at you because they understand. [12 July 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What makes it special, apart from the Ephron screenplay, is the chemistry between Crystal and Ryan.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
As a successful careerist who tries purging his neuroses in a coin-operated batting cage, Crystal is funny enough to keep Ryan from all-out stealing the film. She, though, is smashing in an eye-opening performance, another tribute to Reiner's flair with actors. [12 July 1989, Life, p.1D]
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
What he forgot to ask Woody [Allen] for was the keen insight into middle-class folkways that marks the best Allen pictures. [28 July 1989, Arts, p.10]
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TV Guide

The plot may seem anything but fresh (and the borrowings from Woody Allen certainly are stale), but director Rob Reiner has a killer instinct for setting up jokes and punchlines.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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