Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday (1953)

A princess plays hooky from her royal duties for 24 hours with a reporter. This is one of Hollywood's most sweetly romantic films -- a frothy, modern telling of the Cinderella story, in reverse.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.

TIME Magazine

The newcomer named Audrey Hepburn gives the popular old romantic nonsense a reality it has seldom had before.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Wyler lays out all the elements with care and precision, but the romantic comedy never comes together -- it's charm by computer.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Immaculately directed by William Wyler, and written and played with style and grace, this is a film to treasure, both for its endearing action and marvellous performances.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

For lovers of romantic comedies through the ages, Roman Holiday remains a favorite.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The movie remains a great tonic.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Only the big screen can do justice to its scintillating monochrome images.

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Variety Staff
Variety

[Wyler] times the chuckles with a never-flagging pace, puts heart into the laughs, endows the footage with some boff bits of business and points up some tender, poignant scenes in using the smart script and the cast to the utmost advantage.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Mr. Wyler and his associates have fashioned a natural, tender, and amusing yarn about the heiress to the throne of a mythical kingdom who is sick unto death of an unending schedule of speeches, greetings, and interviews attendant on her goodwill tour...

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

As welcome as a cooling gelato on a hot summer's day.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A sweet and charming romantic comedy with Audrey Hepburn in her first major role (which earned her the only Oscar of her career), and it finds the perfect… More
Saskia D.
In a way this movie is about appreciating the small things in life and enjoying them with good company. Work to live, don't live to work. In Princess… More
Daniel Perry
No question that it's a classic, as Audrey Hepburn's debut and a fine example of the Do The Right Thing roles that Gregory Peck excelled in: family… More
Anthony Lawrie
Roman Holiday isn't without faults but each one of them is forgivable. This is a beautiful romance from a golden age of film making. Interestingly, this… More
Albert Kim
A light-hearted and innocent rom-com that set the bar for movies to come. With such an age, "Roman Holiday" should, by every right, be considered a… More
Luke Baldock
Given the accolades this film has received I was certainly expecting more. Gregory Peck once commented that every romantic comedy script he received had the… More

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