Murphy's Romance
Murphy's Romance (1985)

Newly divorced Emma Moriarty (Sally Field) moves herself and her young son to a small Arizona town, hoping to establish a horse farm. Town pharmacist Murphy Jones (James Garner), the town's most eligible bachelor, develops a platonic… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 1985
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Martin Ritt directs the screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch, who cross the country wisdom of Tennessee Ernie Ford with the stale wit of the Johnny Carson joke team.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A depressing barometer of contemporary Hollywood.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Winning, sweet-natured '80s romcom has profanity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The picture just lumbers along, lightly propelled by a series of contrived conflicts ... and anecdotal observations that don't add up to much.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Garner and Miss Field are able comic actors, but they can't be much better than the corny material, the occasional one-liners and an overall sunniness that refuses to set.

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People Magazine

Field relaxes into a sunny and seductive performance. She and Garner play off each other beautifully.

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Variety Staff

Unfortunately, this sweet and homey picture which casts two very decent actors (Sally Field and James Garner) in two very decent roles, falls far short of compelling filmmaking.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Murphy's Romance" takes a whole movie to arrive at the conclusion that takes us two minutes, but that doesn't mean this is a predictable movie.

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TV Guide

Director Martin Ritt and screenwriters Harriet Frank, Jr., and Irving Ravetch rely too heavily on little vignette sequences to move the narrative, a technique that quickly becomes tedious and predictable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Cassie Hill
Very good movie :) A nice movie to watch on a rainy day when there's nothing else to do. Gardner & Field were great in this movie :)
John Ballantine
This fall-spring relationship may be a little bit difficult to understand but James Garner ends up being charming enough to win over Sally Field. One suspects… More
Lanning : )
Year in and year out, James Garner delivers. He and Field have great chemistry in this May-December romantic comedy.
Dean McKenna
Delightfully old-fashioned and pleasing romantic comedy.