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With Notting Hill, you've got a romantic comedy that makes falling in love with a movie easy as pie!
New York Observer:
The ending is happy and ironic in equal measure, but most of the fun is just getting there with the right chemistry and compatibility.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
All the other supporting players are British television stars and all rise to the occasion of this big-budget feature film.
Globe and Mail:
Lately, romance comedies have expanded in running time, doubtless to compensate for their shrinkage in charm, and this is no exception -- it's way too long for something far too slight.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
The movie-star-playing-a-movie-star-who-wants-to-be-a-real-person conceit also has an odd, chilling effect on Julia Roberts, whose appeal, overwhelmingly, is based on her seeming just like the rest of us.
The movie is bright, the dialogue has wit and intelligence, and Roberts and Grant are very easy to like.
With lead actors like that, Notting Hill doesn't need a cast of annoying supporting characters, but it's got them.
T's an agreeably slick affair, with decent support performances, elegant camerawork, and several impressive set pieces.
[Notting Hill] has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity -- genuine, engaging charm -- plus a cast and production values that fully deliver when the chips are down.
Notting Hill cynically merges Hollywood gloss and smarminess with an overwrought but highly exportable English taste for quirk.