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  • Summary: In a last-ditch effort to save his tarnished career, a big-city reporter (Gere) chases a scoop about a mercurial, small-town girl (Roberts) known as the Runaway Bride due to her habit of leaving her grooms-to-be at the altar.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 11 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    The central idea is quite clever and appealing, and that the charm meter is turned up all the way.
  2. But the movie's vital signs improve remarkably in the second half, and especially in the last act. The proceedings suddenly pick up some screwball charm, the writing improves (with several truly inspired one-liners tossed in here and there) and the secondary characters begin to click.
  3. 60
    Poky but often charming.
  4. 50
    Fans of Gere and Roberts may not care about the movie's many implausibilities and other shortcomings because the stars do indeed sparkle like the bubbles in wedding champagne. But the rest of us will find the vintage too sweet.
  5. Runaway Bride's Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott script is so muddled and contrived, raising issues only to ignore them or throw them away, you wonder why so many people embraced it.
  6. You would never have predicted it from the breakout success of "Pretty Woman" nearly a decade ago, but it turns out that the pairing of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts has ripened over the years into something resembling month-old brie.
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Atrocious bit of by-the-numbers screen filler. And anyone who easily lapses into sugar comas is advised to stay far, far away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MatanC.
    Sep 25, 2007
    If it's a comedy, it's not funny. If it's a drama, it's not dramatic. If it's a romance, it's not romantic. The If it's a comedy, it's not funny. If it's a drama, it's not dramatic. If it's a romance, it's not romantic. The only excuse for this film was getting Julia Roberts and Richard Gere on the same movie, and if you could throw in some of their Pretty Woman sidekicks, well, the more the merrier. But it's not all exploitation: some smart lines, good acting, and a mostly original storyline saves it from the depths of a complete failure. And by the name of god, that dress was UGLY! Expand

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