Touchstone Pictures The Proposal

Last updated date: July 29, 2019

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7.3

Touchstone Pictures The Proposal

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In our analysis of 119 expert reviews, the Touchstone Pictures Touchstone Pictures The Proposal placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
6.3
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
3,006 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
"The Proposal" 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.
- Roger Ebert
June 17, 2009 | Full review
In The Proposal, she plays ruthless, friendless workaholic Margaret, senior editor at a New York publishing house, who terrorises her subordinates, fires colleagues at will and thinks that getting an author on to The Oprah Winfrey Show is more important than winning the Nobel Prize.
- The Guardian
Starting the film as a borderline caricature of an unpleasant workaholic, Bullock convincingly peels back the layers of Margaret, revealing the pain behind her steely facade and the vulnerability that surfaces as she and Andrew get to know each other better amid the tense masquerade.
- The Hollywood Reporter
June 13, 2009 | Full review
Andrew is a genuinely nice guy whose judgment slips when he agrees to the romantic facade with Margaret. Nevertheless, he tries hard to keep his relationship with his boss as professional as possible, which includes separate sleeping arrangements.
- Plugged In
Bullock plays Margaret Tate, the high-powered editor of a premier publishing house. Her executive assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), puts up with her dragon-lady attitude and workaholic schedule because he dreams of being an editor himself, even though he considers quitting almost every day, just because his boss is such a terror to work for.
- TV Guide
The two are so adept at comedy and have so much fun with one another, viewers watching The Proposal won’t be able to resist their charms, even when some of the plot veers in to unnecessarily silliness.
- Huff Post
July 23, 2009 | Full review
Despite its rushed opening and rocky finish, “The Proposal” is a romantic comedy that doesn’t break any new ground but works well as a date film because of Bullock and Reynolds’ terrific performances.
- Collider
June 18, 2009 | Full review
The Proposal must be the first rom-com to try and wring laughs out of its heroine coming under attack from a bird of prey.
- Empire
Obviously, a huge portion of the film-going audience won't really be concerned by these issues, and if they laugh into their popcorn, or cry over their soda, then I certainly won't begrudge them their entertainment.
- IGN
June 18, 2009 | Full review
Despite its various flaws, I actually really enjoyed The Proposal as a whole. Perhaps because I could probably see this premise having been used in an old classic film, or because I enjoyed the pairing of Reynolds and Bullock
- Jesus Freak Hideout
June 21, 2009 | Full review
The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible. In her mid-40s, Bullock has finessed her dewy America’s Sweetheart comedy skills to a mature, pearly texture; she’s lovable both as an uptight careerist in a pencil skirt and stilettos, and as a lonely lady in a flapping plaid bathrobe.
- Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2009 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Despite the directors' aspirations, then, the end result is tired, offensive and wholly disappointing.
- Plugged In
Here's the problem with a movie as formulaic as The Proposal: anybody who wants to see it already knows exactly how everything will play out, right down to the identity of the person who performs their wedding ceremony.
- TV Guide
At times though things go unnecessarily too far.
- Huff Post
July 23, 2009 | Full review
Sadly, the film doesn’t really take the time it should in the first act to really let us enjoy their interplay.
- Collider
June 18, 2009 | Full review
Despite good moments and likable leads, this lacks both heart and humour in a confection that smacks of the over-familiar.
- Empire
What is The Proposal missing? And the answer is simple: Good writing.
- IGN
June 18, 2009 | Full review
And there's a somewhat awkward scene (well, I found it awkward), that although played for laughs, features Drew's Grandmother performing a sort of Indian chant/dance around a campfire in the woods, praising and worshipping "Mother Nature."
- Jesus Freak Hideout
June 21, 2009 | Full review
The snappy screwball? dialogue in Pete Chiarelli’s script.
- Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2009 | Full review

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