Ruby Sparks (2012)
Critic Consensus: Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.
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as Calvin Weir-Fields
as Ruby Sparks
as Langdon Tharp
as Dr. Rosenthal
as Cyrus Modi
as Party Goer at Langdon's
as Partygoer 1 - Hammer
as Partygoer 2 - Hammer
as Michael Silverblatt
as Female Professor
as Sort of Weird Guy
as Older Dude
as Partygoer 1 - Book Release
as Partygoer 2 - Book Release
as Silverlake Passerby
as Box Office Teller
as Lecture Curator
as Scotty the Dog
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Critic Reviews for Ruby Sparks
Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.
Sure it's been done before -- man brings ideal woman to life -- but not quite like Ruby Sparks. And that sets this film up to be a smart and romantic low-key comedy that goes beyond expectations.
If the result feels like a Pinocchio story that spends too much time with Geppetto, or a takedown of narcissism that never breaks free of what it's critiquing, Dano nonetheless makes Calvin compelling company.
Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.
Ruby Sparks flirts with preciousness and has less fun with its premise than it could have, but that's because it's actually a gently touching metaphorical drama about the real essence of love.
Audience Reviews for Ruby Sparks
What first seems like a simple one-joke romantic comedy turns out to be about so much more: a deeply honest and sad story about the selfish (but real) need that some people have to control someone else so they can feel loved and make an ideal relationship work.
Dr. Frankenstein, whatever his incarnation, is always surprised to discover that his creation has ideas of its own, doh!, and so it goes in this romantic comedy (with a couple serious messages thrown in to round the whole thing out some). The old absolute power corrupts absolutely angle could've used more airing here, but by and large this is just another cute romcom.
Starts out charmingly as a frothy, wish fulfillment romantic fantasy. Had it stayed with that concept it would have been a cute comedy unfortunately about 3/4 of the way through the male lead starts acting like an incredible jackass and the film turns dark never finding its footing again. A disappointing miss.
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