Pretty Woman

Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    The sweetest and most openhearted love fable since "The Princess Bride."
  2. The intelligence and wit of this glass-slipper heart-of-gold fantasy are shocking.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Berry
    80
    A modern-day treatment of Pygmalion and Cinderella rolled into one, it is graced by first-class performances from two easy-on-the-eye stars and a sharp, funny script.
  4. 80
    Roberts and Richard Gere costar in this bubbly scamper, which goes to the head like champagne -- the cheap, sweet kind that leaves you with a throbbing head. And yet this monstrously derivative romance is great giddy fun.
  5. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    70
    No one is expected to believe Pretty Woman . We're just supposed to enjoy it... Pretty Woman wants only to engage us for two hours, and it does. [16 Apr 1990, p.26]
  6. 70
    Roberts handles the transition from coarse and gawky to glamorous with aplomb.
  7. But it's Roberts's memorably comic performance that is the most distinguishing aspect of the movie. As the gawky professional companion, she's ticklishly appealing.
  8. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    For the first time in years (even counting his excellent work in “Internal Affairs”), Richard Gere's acting gears aren't too obviously apparent; Julia Roberts, though the breadth of her emotional range remains in question, is beautiful and can act - a not-bad blueprint for continued employment. [23 Mar 1990, Life, p.4D]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 204 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Feb 28, 2014
    8
    Classic love story. Boy loves hooker, hooker needs money, hooker loves boy. A classically classic film. Soon to spawn a sequel Pretty Woman 2:Classic love story. Boy loves hooker, hooker needs money, hooker loves boy. A classically classic film. Soon to spawn a sequel Pretty Woman 2: Even Prettier Woman. Full Review »
  2. Feb 17, 2016
    8
    This is a great movie to watch. Don't expect too much depth, but it's just a load of laughs and fun. The ending is cliche and there areThis is a great movie to watch. Don't expect too much depth, but it's just a load of laughs and fun. The ending is cliche and there are parts that are just bad. But it's great to check out Julia Roberts earlier in her career. Full Review »
  3. Mar 25, 2015
    2
    I'm surprised this movie has any traction at all. I agree Julia Roberts was the best thing in it. But the plot was totally ridiculous andI'm surprised this movie has any traction at all. I agree Julia Roberts was the best thing in it. But the plot was totally ridiculous and Richard Gere mailed it in. I never got a sense of their chemistry at all. Full Review »