Runaway Bride

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39

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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 11 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    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
    A clumsy motion picture that strives so hard for the perfect romantic ending that it triggers a gag reflex along the way.
  5. Film.com
    Reviewed by: John Hartl
    40
    It doesn't generate enough laughs to make up for the fact that you never figure out what he (a misogynistic USA Today columnist played by Richard Gere) sees in her (a dizzy small-town hairdresser played by Roberts). Or, for that matter, what she could ever see in him.
  6. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    30
    I completely dreaded sitting through this movie...Two-hour purgatory.
  7. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    0
    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: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MatanC.
    Sep 25, 2007
    6
    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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