Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Lally
    The situations might be formulaic, but the teamwork of the two leads brings them to sparkling life.
  3. 75
    Recycles a plot that was already old when Tracy and Hepburn were trying it out. You see it coming from a great distance away. As it draws closer, you don't duck out of the way, because it is so cheerfully done, you don't mind being hit by it.
  4. May be well-trod territory, but worth a walk down the movie aisle.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Just a good old-fashioned romance, one in which people actually bring out the best in one another rather than the worst. How novel is that?
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The Proposal won't catch any bouquets for originality, but in terms of a bended-knee pitch for the affections of women -- including Ryan Reynolds’ boyish charms, a hip granny and even a beyond-adorable puppy -- this romantic comedy pretty much pulls out all the stops.
  7. 70
    It's as predictable and comforting as a Happy Meal, but it must be said that The Proposal manages to elicit some genuinely amusing moments.
  8. Director Anne Fletcher delivers more bite and brisker pacing than she did with "27 Dresses."
  9. 63
    Shamelessly derivative, contrived and predictable, The Proposal is nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A serviceable and intermittently funny romance.
  11. If it weren't for the casting of Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles, the film probably would have gone straight to DVD.
  12. The Proposal reworks "Two Weeks Notice" with the genders switched.
  13. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    The premise of The Proposal is one big cliche.
  14. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    Bullock playing against type is the only original thing going on in the whole film.
  15. 50
    The Proposal follows a paint-by-numbers script, it fails one key acid test: it doesn't sell the romance.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Calvert
    Betty White is what makes this film memorable as Andrew’s grandmother. She steals every scene, and adds the sweetness that a film like this needs.
  17. Fletcher demonstrates, as with her second film, "27 Dresses," that she can put together a funny, able romantic comedy that is a cut above, but no more. Still, those leads are awfully likable, the Massachusetts-for-Alaska landscape rather picturesque, and if The Proposal doesn't reinvent the wheel, merrily we roll along nonetheless.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    You know every tinny beat and false note by heart, from the implausible setup to the sprint-to-the-airport finish.
  19. Ms. Bullock, who excels at playing spunky, is as appealing as usual, but the role proves as awkward as those heels.
  20. 50
    It's the material that stinks, failing to give even an old pro like White more than a couple of modest laughs.
  21. The film is flat and false in the exact same way that director Anne Fletcher's last rom-com, "27 Dresses," was flat and false.
  22. It's impossible to guess why Bullock was ever attracted to this insulting role, and the eternally confident Reynolds is miscast as a young, bullied underling.
  23. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Despite good moments and likable leads, this lacks both heart and humour in a confection that smacks of the over-familiar.
  24. 40
    A romantic comedy doesn't need to be original to be enjoyable, and yet The Proposal still falls way too short of the mark.
  25. 38
    Neither (Bullock/Reynolds) brings out anything good in the other, and watching them try hurts the eyes, the tummy, and the libido.
  26. Why is she (Bullock) demeaning herself with such shoddy goods? She’s a talented woman with a faithful following. She has made formula films of varying quality before, and her fans may well swallow this one, but it’s a formula for disappointment laced with dismay.
  27. 25
    A romantic comedy so numbing it feels like Novocaine.
  28. 25
    The film saddles Craig T. Nelson with the generally thankless role of Paxton's cold, distant dad. But when he feels like the only person who doesn't understand what's going on with Tate and his son, you feel like saying, "No, me too."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 68
  2. Negative: 12 out of 68
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    "The Proposal" is total rubbish; it creates its own problems by connecting them to the plot. But nevertheless, if you like Ryan Reynolds getting his butt owned by Sandra Bullock, by all means, go ahead and enjoy... Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2013
    Esta pelicula me gusto, tuvo comedia."The Proposal" es una comedia cliché, con algunas escenas graciosas que son capaz de hacer reir;esta pelicula tenia mas para dar, pero igual me gusto. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    The Proposal gets turned down.
    The movie begins with humor and an interesting concept for a rom-com. After the first hour it then begins to
    become tiresome and directionless. The movie then evolves to an illogical overly cheesy story with no substance and the character moves are incomprehensibly silly at best. Full Review »