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Self-involved corporate raider Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) has recently split up with his girlfriend. Seeking directions to the Beverly Hills Hotel, he makes the acquaintance of free-spirited hooker Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) and decides to put her on a 3,000-dollar retainer as his "date." He Cinderellarizes her by bankrolling a full wardrobe and cosmetic makeover. Of course, the setup will be strictly platonic. A disarming modern-day fairy tale, Pretty Woman was the picture that made Julia Roberts a superstar. As charming as she is in her "giggling" sequences,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is old-fashioned, assembly-line moviemaking without the old panache."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"He pays her $3,000 and they fall in love -- ain't Hollywood grand?"
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The movie is a fairy tale, more about American consumerism than a reformed prostitute, but it's worth seeing for Julia Roberts charismatic performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Believing in love is swell and all, but maybe we're better off not buying the brand Pretty Woman is selling. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Gere and Roberts do good work, but this feelgood fantasy is laced with some preposterous messages about love, success and money."
‑ , Film4
"Pic's casting is astute, with Gere underplaying like a sturdy ballet star who hoists the ballerina Roberts on his shoulders."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"For a film that attempts to satirise snooty materialism, it focuses too pantingly on the designer labels, and comes down firmly on the side of 'rich is better'."
‑ , Time Out
"It's all fairly unconvincing - but its heart is roughly in the right place."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The movie itself, a modern update of the Cinderella story, is as contrived as you get--isn't that not-so-secretly what we want?--but at no point is Roberts' performance"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Bound to offend prostitutes and millionaires everywhere, this flick is not the street-smart Pygmalion it desperately wants to be."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's saying Roberts' character becomes a better person when she lands a rich guy and learns to cry at the opera."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It is something special."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Takes the Disney princess and puts her in the real world, creating a chick flick with a little bit of edge, a whole lot of heart and and even more chemistry between the film's two leads."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Against all odds, the presence of the incomparable Julia Roberts makes this a damn enjoyable career-defining film for Garry Marshall, and a guilty pleasure for movie lovers."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Low on real social comment, this modern fable still has more than enough chemistry between its leading pair to rake in the box-office rewards."
‑ Toby Rose, Empire Magazine
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