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This modernization of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac casts Steve Martin as C. D. Bates, the fearless, quick-witted fire chief of a Washington State resort town. Bates' most trusted fireman is the handsome but tongue-tied Chris McDonell (Rick Rossovich). Both men are in love with the beautiful Roxanne Kowalski (Darryl Hannah), but Bates, adorned with a huge nose that makes Bob Hope look like Nanette Fabray, is convinced that he's too homely to win Roxanne's heart. Thus, in the self-sacrificing tradition of Cyrano de Bergerac, Bates courts Roxanne vicariously by feeding his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a neat trick, being Steve Martin. He's so good; his movies will get even better."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The nose itself is a perfect prop for a man who began his career with a fake arrow through his head, a man who has since evolved from a coolly absurdist stand-up comic to a fully formed, amazingly nimble comic actor."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Charming '80s romantic comedy has innuendo, swearing."
‑ Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
"It's difficult to call a movie this light and insubstantial a classic, but it's as likeable as ever more than two decades after its initial release."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"In an era when romance seems to have taken second place to sex, it's heartwarming to see a film like Roxanne bring back the loveliness of love."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In the end it's hopelessly sappy stuff."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Martin claims to have written 25 script drafts for this film, which indicates the uphill trudge he faced...what he has produced is Steve Martin playing a nice 'n' wacky guy in a sappy story."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
" entertaining yet undeniably forgettable romcom that benefits substantially from the stars' charismatic work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"another in a long line of Cyrano De Bergerac adaptations but easily one of the very best"
‑ Jason McKiernan,
"The film's success rests firmly with Martin. He wrote the warm-hearted script and delivers a sparkling performance of physical and verbal gymnastics that he hasn't been able to match since."
‑ , Film4
"Far and away [Martin's] richest film to date, lyrical, sweet-natured, touching, and very, very funny."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"All of the corners of this movie have been filled with small, funny moments."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"for all the things this movie is, it's probably Martin's fault."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"I'd call it reasonably successful, but I can't get excited about it."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Very good adaptation of Cyrano with Steve Martin in one his best roles."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
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