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Ruby Sparks

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

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Plot Summary

Now on Digital HD. From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine comes an engaging and charming romantic comedy starring Paul Dano and writer-actress Zoe Kazan. Struggling with writer’s block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin (Dano) creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan), who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life – it also brings Ruby to life – literally! Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once-virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself. Also starring Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Elliott Gould, Ruby Sparks is an inspired coming of age story that proves true love can be magical.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 170
  • Fresh: 134
  • Rotten: 36
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 8, 2013

Fresh: 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. – Justin Chang, Variety, Jan 8, 2013

Fresh: Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Jan 8, 2013

Rotten: Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jan 8, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great Story

A really great film, definitely worth watching!


A truly interesting film. Despite it being a fantasy, it asks the question about what we expect from others when in a serious relationship. Does our ego get in the way? Can we let our partner be who they are and be happy with it? What happens when we let others be our source of happiness? This is all done with great fun and inspired settings.


Original and refreshing, a brilliant watch. The writer/actress did a great job.

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