Notting Hill
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Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"The ending is happy and ironic in equal measure, but most of the fun is just getting there with the right chemistry and compatibility."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Lately, romance comedies have expanded in running time, doubtless to compensate for their shrinkage in charm, and this is no exception -- it's way too long for something far too slight."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Not deep, but definitely funny--teens will enjoy."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"The blatant self-piracy and marketing greed on display here suck the soul out of this almost likeable romantic comedy."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Curtis and Michell rely on America's love for those nutty Brits to sell the film, and they will not be disappointed."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"t's an agreeably slick affair, with decent support performances, elegant camerawork, and several impressive set pieces."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film's romantic core is impervious to problems."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It's a crowd-pleaser, all right (so were public hangings, once), but with all the emotional resonance of a tap on the knee with a rubber hammer."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The most enjoyable way to read this movie is as an elaborate -- though good-natured -- practical joke on Julia Roberts."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It endears and entertains, with genuine warmth and grace."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"An exceptionally guy-friendly chick flick."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"It's funny, sympathetic, mostly smart, and it boasts a likable cast of characters led by two performers who have star power and know how to use it."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Hugh Grant teams up with writer Richard Curtis for the second time, and we've got a winner."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Make no mistake: Even those who've previously managed to resist the Julia Juggernaut are likely to cave in after seeing 'Notting Hill.'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A thoroughly pleasurable emotional thrill ride that is, in its own way, as satisfying as watching Arnold hang from the wing of a speeding jet."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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