Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks (2012)

Calvin (Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 30, 2012
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79%
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75%



Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

Ruby Sparks is an honest, entertaining, and insightful picture that, despite a very 'filmy' happy ending, offers up an amusingly frank deconstruction of the 'dream girl' idea that pervades much modern fiction.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Sure it's been done before -- man brings ideal woman to life -- but not quite like Ruby Sparks. And that sets this film up to be a smart and romantic low-key comedy that goes beyond expectations.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Ruby Sparks flirts with preciousness and has less fun with its premise than it could have, but that's because it's actually a gently touching metaphorical drama about the real essence of love.

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Having established this whimsical dream-come-true situation, the film now sneakily subverts it.

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Justin Chang
Variety

If the result feels like a Pinocchio story that spends too much time with Geppetto, or a takedown of narcissism that never breaks free of what it's critiquing, Dano nonetheless makes Calvin compelling company.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Ruby Sparks might have been more fun if Cal were written to be expansive instead of a worrywart in the middle-aged Matthew Broderick mode.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Kazan the writer asks a lot of Kazan the actress, putting her through an emotional wringer while also calling upon her to convincingly traverse a path from happiness to humiliation without missing a beat. She seldom disappoints.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A novelist's main character comes off the page and becomes his real-life dream girl. In its epistemological themes and its depiction of malignant… More
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<b><I>Ruby Sparks</b></I> is one of the more unique films I have had the pleasure of watching this year. It's a really smart film… More
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four stars
Luke Baldock
At the end of the film, somebody mentions that the book within the film is "pretentious" and such a word could be used to describe this apparent… More
Cynthia S.
A unique and endearing love story, with a refreshing plot twist. Cute, and a little twisted. One of those little-known, low-budget indie films, that turns out… More
Chris Weber
After far too long, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris finally deliver a follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine. Paul Dano plays Calvin, a young novelist who peaked… More