Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks (2012)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.

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Rebecca Pahle
The Mary Sue

Ruby Sparks is a good little cute 'n' clever (dare I call it... quirky?) movie, and it's possible that the degree to which I'm frustrated with it is solely due to the fact that I hoped for something different, something more.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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J. Olson
Cinemixtape

"Ruby Sparks" is a uniquely palatable concoction - part Woody Allen, part John Hughes, part Rod Serling.

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Justin Chang
Variety

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.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

There's no shortage of interesting ideas submerged here. Too bad it's such a slog to sit through.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
What first seems like a simple one-joke romantic comedy turns out to be about so much more: a deeply honest and sad story about the selfish (but real) need that… More
Jim Hunter
A novelist's main character comes off the page and becomes his real-life dream girl. In its epistemological themes and its depiction of malignant… More
Kevin M. Williams
Dr. Frankenstein, whatever his incarnation, is always surprised to discover that his creation has ideas of its own, doh!, and so it goes in this romantic comedy… More
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four stars
jay nixon
Starts out charmingly as a frothy, wish fulfillment romantic fantasy. Had it stayed with that concept it would have been a cute comedy unfortunately about 3/4… More
Cynthia S.
A unique and endearing love story, with a refreshing plot twist. Cute, and a little twisted. One of those little-known, low-budget indie films, that turns out… More