Ruby Sparks
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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 him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"It's a refreshing take for a rom-com, and when you add in a healthy dose of humour, it makes for an enjoyable and intelligent treat."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Screenwriter/actress Kazan's theory seems to have been that if she's going to write herself a part, she might as well make it a crackerjack one."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Having established this whimsical dream-come-true situation, the film now sneakily subverts it."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The hit and miss nature of Ruby Sparks is a surprise given it's from the same duo that brought us Little Miss Sunshine."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Even with the draggy pacing, though, the actors and the central idea are so good that Dayton and Faris never lose us completely."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"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."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Ruby Sparks feels like the best Woody Allen movie Woody Allen never made."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"It tackles the idea that people in a relationship will often try to remake the other person in their image. Some of the twists are more obvious than others, but it has just enough charm (mostly from Kazan herself) to skate by."
‑ Eric Melin,
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