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This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as as fashion photographer Dick Avery (a character based on Richard Avedon, the film's "visual consultant"), who is sent out by his female boss Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a "new face". It doesn't take Dick long to discover Jo (Audrey Hepburn, who does her own singing), an owlish Greenwich Village bookstore clerk. Acting as Pygmalion to Jo's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"Sensation trumps cogitation-unsurprising in a Hollywood production-which doesn't negate the enduring allure of this beautiful bauble."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"What is startling here is the eye-popping colour, the self-reflexive photography and visual effects, the dance sequences (Fred Astaire with his umbrella), and the witty and ingenious use of the Paris locations."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"It's an intermittently charming trifle with directorial style to burn in the place of any kind of satisfactory substance."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"...a sporadically engaging yet hopelessly erratic old-school musical."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Despite some memorable musical numbers, gorgeous sets and energy galore, there's something about Funny Face that wasn't working for me, and it wasn't just the absurd idea about Audrey Hepburn being a frumpy bore."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"...can clunk like a tin can in the dryer. But hey, we're talking Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, so that's some mighty elegant slack we're willing to cut here."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"If you're prepared to do a bit of revisionist thinking, it all makes sense."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A timeless musical treat and the most fun you can have with really elegant clothes on."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Bubbly, fashion-crazed Hepburn-Astaire musical."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"I didn't appreciate every song-and-dance sequence, yet I could hardly keep my eyes off the screen for all the showy merriment going on."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Funny Face...teams Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in a delightfully balmy romance."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Astaire could still dance up a storm, no doubt about it, and this has its moments."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"One of Hollywood's funniest, most stylish musicals, this breezy satire from 1957 thrives on the pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"Of her iconic films, Hepburn shines the most in Funny Face by focusing on what makes her beautiful."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"One of Stanley Donen's most stylish and enjoyable films, this musical is a triumph for Astaire's spectacular dancing, Audrey Hepburn's elegant appearance, and the Gershwins splendid score."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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