Roxanne (1987)

This modernization of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac casts Steve Martin as C. D. Bales, the fearless, quick-witted fire chief of a Washington State resort town. Bales' most trusted fireman is the handsome but tongue-tied Chris… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 19, 1987
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its sweetness borders on sappiness, Roxanne is an unabashedly romantic comedy that remains one of Steve Martin's funniest.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Light and likable, with hearts unabashedly all over its sleeves, Roxanne is a winning romantic comedy whose appeal should cross age barriers and backgrounds -- giving it an across-the-board promise.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Far and away [Martin's] richest film to date, lyrical, sweet-natured, touching, and very, very funny.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Witty, sweet, utterly delightful.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

It's a neat trick, being Steve Martin. He's so good; his movies will get even better.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The nose itself is a perfect prop for a man who began his career with a fake arrow through his head, a man who has since evolved from a coolly absurdist stand-up comic to a fully formed, amazingly nimble comic actor.

Cathy Burke
United Press International

Roxanne has a way of making you feel good even though you know it may be the corniest movie you've seen. Filled with romance, from its plot to the scenery, Roxanne makes no apologies for its sweet fervor.

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Variety Staff

In the end it's hopelessly sappy stuff.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Martin claims to have written 25 script drafts for this film, which indicates the uphill trudge he faced...what he has produced is Steve Martin playing a nice 'n' wacky guy in a sappy story.

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Betsy Bozdech
Common Sense Media

Charming '80s romantic comedy has innuendo, swearing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
This modern version of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale about the man with the long nose and great wits found the perfect leading man in Steve Martin. He… More
Jennifer D
I saw this movie AGES ago as a kid. Completely forgot about it until I saw it browsing around on Netflix. It's kinda funny, kinda cute. Kinda.
Martin Bishop
Somehow I'd never gotten around to seeing this movie until now, but I guess I wasn't missing much. Rossovich is too over-the-top stupid to fit the… More
Nani Vang
His nose used to scare me as a kid when I watched this.
Spencer S.
The perfect foray into romance and intellectual thinking.
Tim Sigur
Martin when he gave a shit.