Romancing the Stone
Romancing the Stone (1984)

In this film, adventure writer Kathleen Turner learns that her sister is being held prisoner by evil art dealers in Colombia. It seems that sis has mailed Turner a map leading to a valuable treasure. In her search for the treasure, Turner… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 30, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Romancing the Stone reaches back to the classic Saturday morning serials of old with an action-filled adventure enlivened by the sparkling chemistry between its well-matched leads.

Variety Staff

Turner is like a lot of unwitting screen heroines ahead of her, guaranteed that her drab existence is about to be transformed -- probably by a man, preferably handsome and adventurous.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

After all the Raiders rip-offs, it's fun to find an adventure film that deserves the comparison, that has the same spirit and sense of humor.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The filmmakers have devised some clever twists on the earlier films they recall, and they reserve a good share of the derring-do for their heroine, who's a refreshingly far cry from the helpless ladies-in-distress of old.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Director Robert Zemeckis displays such dazzling cinematic know-how that it's genuinely depressing when this 1984 film falls off into the usual self-ridicule.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

An elaborately produced, mostly charmless adventure-comedy that intends to make fun of a kind of romantic fiction that's one step removed from what the movie is all about.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

Turner is terrific, Douglas is fine and the action is slam-bang. Add lots of laughs and it all works out just right.

John Preston
Time Out

The script is sharp and funny, the direction sure-footed on both the comedy and action fronts, and the whole thing adds up to rather more concerted fun than Indiana Jones' flab-ridden escapade in the Temple of Doom.

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Emmanuel Báez

There are enough pleasant moments and the protagonists fulfill their function of carrying the story without any special development. [Full review in Spanish]

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

In this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, director Robert Zemeckis spices up a deliberately old-fashioned matinée adventure with tongue-in-cheek gags, unpredictably clever touches and top-of-the-range action.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A woman goes to Colombia to rescue her sister who has been kidnapped by "bad guys." Joan Wilder, Kathleen Turner's character, writes cliche… More
Melvin White
Ralph: Oh, oh I'm the creep, huh? Well at least I'm honest: I'm stealing this stone. I'm not trying to romance it out from under her.… More
Phil Hubbs
Is there any film that Douglas stars in where he doesn't manage to show or reveal bits of his anatomy?...mainly his ass. An early Zemeckis film with a cast… More
Lenny Muggsy
Romancing the bone. Always watch it at the beach, original review must have been deleted.
Jens S.
After Indiana Jones' triumph in the early 1980s, Hollywood realized there is money to make in adventure films about treasure hunts. This film is by no… More
Cassie Hill
Kathleen Turner plays her role well as the damsel in distress & Michael Douglas is great as the guy who stays by her side. This is definitely one of my… More