Notting Hill

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. The overall result is a romantic comedy that indulges fantasies, calms insecurities (can an ordinary bloke stack up?), and breaks and mends hearts with surgical precision.
  2. It comes as a bonus that this romantic comedy is one of the rare pictures of its type that actually is about something -- the double-edged sword of celebrity.
  3. It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.
  4. 91
    A pure, sweet romance that moves along with bouncy comedy and a touch of grown-up realism and rue.
  5. Blithe and exhilarating romantic comedy.
  6. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Norman Green
    90
    It's irresistible.
  7. 88
    It's funny, sympathetic, mostly smart, and it boasts a likable cast of characters led by two performers who have star power and know how to use it.
  8. 88
    Its deadpan wit, ingenious fairy-tale premise and superbly accomplished cast will leave you feeling positively oxygenated.
  9. 82
    A smart, sometimes pissingly funny romantic comedy that is also oddly unmoving and predictable in spots.
  10. Variety
    Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity — genuine, engaging charm.
  11. In the end, the movie works because Grant and Roberts are disarming geniuses at playing themselves -- and then some.
  12. So the film has this weird postmodernist taint: It has a self-aware script that cleverly plays off the reality of its own cast and their famous real-life contretemps. It's smart and knowing.
  13. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A brainy weave of satire and fantasy.
  14. The deft, hilarious Notting Hill finds Grant's dour-droll-deprecating affliction at its most dead-on.
  15. 75
    The movie is bright, the dialogue has wit and intelligence, and Roberts and Grant are very easy to like. By the end, as much as we're aware of the ancient story machinery groaning away below deck, we're smiling.
  16. There's some very funny dialogue, but the picture falls apart when it tries to think real thoughts about celebrity, publicity, and the media.
  17. 75
    The frothy, feel-good Notting Hill is about as enchanting as movies get these days.
  18. A smartly cast and consistently amusing romantic comedy.
  19. Roberts fans will, of course, be delighted to see her in a role that plays to all her strengths -- fresh-faced looks, charming gangliness, air of infinite approachability -- and neatly sidesteps her glaring inability to act by having her more or less play herself.
  20. 70
    It may boil down to little more than a minor variation on Four Weddings' formula, but it's an interesting and entertaining one.
  21. 70
    At once a light comedy and a reasonably serious meditation on the perils of fame.
  22. The movie has lots of glossy charm even if Ms. Roberts and Grant seem less like lovers than members of a support group for the desperately attractive.
  23. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Jennifer Nowitzky
    70
    If you're looking for Julia Roberts (circa "Pretty Woman") playing, well, herself, and Hugh Grant (circa "Four Weddings and A Funeral") playing, well, himself, then you're in luck.
  24. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    70
    Adorable, if uneven, romantic comedy.
  25. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    A piece of fluff that can be enjoyed without guilt.
  26. In the slow coast down Notting Hill, we approach the blessed land of Nodding Off.
  27. 63
    Notting Hill does an adequate job, but this isn't one of those landmark romantic comedies that dozens of subsequent movies will seek to emulate.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    Boy meets girl; boy loses girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back. Okay, you get the idea. But Julia and Hugh in this movieBoy meets girl; boy loses girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back. Okay, you get the idea. But Julia and Hugh in this movie have that magic that doesn't happen very often. Let's see, Julia and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. Great pairing so they made Runaway Bride. Nope. So Hugh is a travel book shop owner and Julia is a big time movie star. What do they have in common? Maybe movies like this result in a 50% divorce rate. Enough of that! It's a great, maybe the best, romantic comedy, The sound track of love songs really add to the movie so see it with a home theater sound system. Yes, when I went to London I did go to Notting Hill to see the locations for the movie. I don't have that many DVDs but this one is in my collection. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2014
    7
    When one of the World's most famous movie stars (played by Julia Roberts) wonders into his book store Will's (Hugh Grant) life is about toWhen one of the World's most famous movie stars (played by Julia Roberts) wonders into his book store Will's (Hugh Grant) life is about to change forever.

    Hugh Grant has made some pretty terrible movies of late but, while this isn't up in the same league as Four Wedding's and a Funeral, it does prove that he once made some fairly enjoyable feel good romantic comedies. Funny in places and emotional in others suspend your belief for a couple of hours, sit back and enjoy a bit of light hearted entertainment.
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  3. Oct 19, 2014
    9
    One of the rare genuine non-cliched romantic films. A movie so sweet and tender, it makes you feel like a wide-eyed child, watching the LooneyOne of the rare genuine non-cliched romantic films. A movie so sweet and tender, it makes you feel like a wide-eyed child, watching the Looney Tunes for the first time in his life. Full Review »