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Up Close & Personal
A story about a career television journalist who eclipses her mentor, this drama's plot resembles that of A Star Is Born, and it shares the same screenwriters as those who penned the 1976 version of that film, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. It's based loosely on the real-life story of newscaster Jessica Savitch. Sally Atwater (Michelle Pfieffer) gets a job at a Miami TV station based on a demo tape from her hometown of Reno, Nevada. The station's news director is Warren Justice (Robert Redford), a former high-profile Washington newsman whose career has suffered from his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is it worse as a love story or as a drama about the sorry state of television news? The answer: It's a tie."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Bland TV expose loosely based on the life of Jessica Savitch"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"It doesn't get anymore romantic than this"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Glitz! Glamour! Love! TV news ethics?"
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Final proof that "based on actual events" means absolutely nothing."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Serious flick that feels more like a satire of a Robert Redford film."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"A perfectly respectable effort, but with all the talent involved it could have been better."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"There is no real sexual tension between [Pfeiffer and Redford] from the get-go, so when they finally do get together, it feels forced, ungenuine."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Love story about two soul-mates who are willing to do whatever it takes to enable the other to shine."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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