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Notting Hill

Romance . Drama . Comedy

The British comedy from director Roger Michell tells the love story between a famous actress and a simple book seller from London. A look into the attempt for famous people to have a personal and private life and the ramifications that follow. Nominated for three Golden Globes in 2000.

Actors: Julia Roberts , Hugh Grant , Gina McKee , Tim McInnerny , Rhys Ifans , Emma Chambers , Hugh Bonneville , Richard McCabe , James Dreyfus , Dylan Moran
Directors: Roger Michell
Country: UK , USA
Release: 1999-05-28
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  • Jami Bernard

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Blithe and exhilarating romantic comedy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    A pure, sweet romance that moves along with bouncy comedy and a touch of grown-up realism and rue.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Marc Caro

    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.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Its deadpan wit, ingenious fairy-tale premise and superbly accomplished cast will leave you feeling positively oxygenated.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Eleonore Snow

    A smart, sometimes pissingly funny romantic comedy that is also oddly unmoving and predictable in spots.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A brainy weave of satire and fantasy.

    Slate Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    In the end, the movie works because Grant and Roberts are disarming geniuses at playing themselves -- and then some.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    There's some very funny dialogue, but the picture falls apart when it tries to think real thoughts about celebrity, publicity, and the media.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rod Dreher

    The frothy, feel-good Notting Hill is about as enchanting as movies get these days.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The deft, hilarious Notting Hill finds Grant's dour-droll-deprecating affliction at its most dead-on.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    It may boil down to little more than a minor variation on Four Weddings' formula, but it's an interesting and entertaining one.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A smartly cast and consistently amusing romantic comedy.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jeff Giles

    Adorable, if uneven, romantic comedy.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    At once a light comedy and a reasonably serious meditation on the perils of fame.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    In the slow coast down Notting Hill, we approach the blessed land of Nodding Off.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Hollis Chacona

    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.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    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.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    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. Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Scott Kelton Jones

    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.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
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