Romancing the Stone
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Kathleen Turner plays a writer of adventure stories, Joan Wilder, who has been having trouble selling her works of late because they aren't remotely believable. The basic problem is that the mousy Joan has never had any real adventure in her life. All this changes when she receives a frantic phone call from her sister, whose is being held prisoner by evil art dealers in Colombia. It seems that sis has mailed Joan a map leading to a valuable treasure. Nasty but cowardly Ralph (Danny DeVito), cousin of the principal villain (Zack Norman), has been assigned to claim the map from Joan. But… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"Turner is like a lot of unwitting screen heroines ahead of her, guaranteed that her drab existence is about to be transformed -- probably by a man, preferably handsome and adventurous."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"After all the Raiders rip-offs, it's fun to find an adventure film that deserves the comparison, that has the same spirit and sense of humor."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Turner is terrific, Douglas is fine and the action is slam-bang. Add lots of laughs and it all works out just right."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Action, romance, sharp dialog; best for teens."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Douglas and Turner make a great double act in this exuberantly directed adventure movie with a great start turn from the always enjoyable De Vito. Good stuff."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Director Robert Zemeckis displays such dazzling cinematic know-how that it's genuinely depressing when this 1984 film falls off into the usual self-ridicule."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An elaborately produced, mostly charmless adventure-comedy that intends to make fun of a kind of romantic fiction that's one step removed from what the movie is all about."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"In this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, director Robert Zemeckis spices up a deliberately old-fashioned matinée adventure with tongue-in-cheek gags, unpredictably clever touches and top-of-the-range action."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Between Michael Douglas' mullet, a synthesizer heavy score, and Kathleen Turner shining in her blink and you missed it prime, Zemeckis' movie is truly time capsule worthy."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"All very tongue-in-cheek (typified by the opening sequence, lifted straight from one of Joan's pulp novels) and great fun."
‑ , Film4
"The script is sharp and funny, the direction sure-footed on both the comedy and action fronts, and the whole thing adds up to rather more concerted fun than Indiana Jones' flab-ridden escapade in the Temple of Doom."
‑ , Time Out
"The filmmakers have devised some clever twists on the earlier films they recall, and they reserve a good share of the derring-do for their heroine, who's a refreshingly far cry from the helpless ladies-in-distress of old."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"This may be a lark, but grown-ups need those too and the lack of pandering to teenage sensibilities helps it stand apart from other adventure films of the era."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"A grand example of the rarest combination of adventure, humor, and sexual chemistry which all crackle along with abandon."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A rousing, old-fashioned romantic adventure."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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