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. Funny, bright, sly, and unabashedly romantic, Notting Hill combines fluffy, fairy-tale fantasy with big laughs, snappy dialogue, and small moments of pain and unease to create a surprisingly satisfying two hours.
  2. 70
    At once a light comedy and a reasonably serious meditation on the perils of fame.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. There's some very funny dialogue, but the picture falls apart when it tries to think real thoughts about celebrity, publicity, and the media.
  6. Notting Hill offers another example of moviemakers consoling themselves about how tough it is to be famous while congratulating themselves on how down-to-earth they really are.
  7. Blithe and exhilarating romantic comedy.
  8. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Norman Green
    90
    It's irresistible.
  9. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    A piece of fluff that can be enjoyed without guilt.
  10. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    It has to be noted that the use of music in this film is the worse in recent memory: maudlin, syrupy, and overwrought.
  11. 50
    The result is two films: a big, dreary star vehicle that sags whenever its leads spend quality time together, and a mettlesome British caper whose nutsosecondary characters walk away with the movie.
  12. A smartly cast and consistently amusing romantic comedy.
  13. 82
    A smart, sometimes pissingly funny romantic comedy that is also oddly unmoving and predictable in spots.
  14. 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.
  15. 75
    The frothy, feel-good Notting Hill is about as enchanting as movies get these days.
  16. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    70
    Adorable, if uneven, romantic comedy.
  17. 91
    A pure, sweet romance that moves along with bouncy comedy and a touch of grown-up realism and rue.
  18. 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.
  19. 30
    It's an English movie doing its best to masquerade as the shallowest kind of Hollywood romantic comedy, as if somewhere along the way someone had made a calculated supposition that would be the only kind of comedy American audiences would buy.
  20. 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.
  21. The deft, hilarious Notting Hill finds Grant's dour-droll-deprecating affliction at its most dead-on.
  22. It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.
  23. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A brainy weave of satire and fantasy.
  24. 70
    It may boil down to little more than a minor variation on Four Weddings' formula, but it's an interesting and entertaining one.
  25. In the slow coast down Notting Hill, we approach the blessed land of Nodding Off.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 88
    Its deadpan wit, ingenious fairy-tale premise and superbly accomplished cast will leave you feeling positively oxygenated.
  30. Variety
    Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity — genuine, engaging charm.
  31. 30
    It is not, the filmmakers stress, a sequel to "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (which writer Richard Curtis was also responsible for), but it fits the latter-day Hollywood definition of the term -- same movie, only worse.
  32. In the end, the movie works because Grant and Roberts are disarming geniuses at playing themselves -- and then some.
  33. 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.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Apr 9, 2016
    7
    This is one of those movies you either like or don't, and I hereby acknowledge there are those who don't. The songs are cringe-inducing, itThis is one of those movies you either like or don't, and I hereby acknowledge there are those who don't. The songs are cringe-inducing, it would be better if it were 10 minutes shorter, and there are sappy moments, but this is a formidable feelgood picture of its time (along w/ Shakespeare In Love). A few real critics have pointed out that it's a rare for romantic comedy to be about something besides the romance. It has things to say about celebrity, and the casting plays off that quite well. It's mostly well written and funny. Supporting kudos to the guy who plays the roommate (Rhys Ifans). Attention was paid to details. The result is not perfect but not sloppy either. Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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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