An elaborately produced, mostly charmless adventure-comedy that intends to make fun of a kind of romantic fiction that's one step removed from what the movie is all about.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
After all the Raiders rip-offs, it's fun to find an adventure film that deserves the comparison, that has the same spirit and sense of humor.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Director Robert Zemeckis displays such dazzling cinematic know-how that it's genuinely depressing when this 1984 film falls off into the usual self-ridicule.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Turner is like a lot of unwitting screen heroines ahead of her, guaranteed that her drab existence is about to be transformed -- probably by a man, preferably handsome and adventurous.
Variety Staff - Variety
Action, romance, sharp dialog; best for teens.
Randy White - Common Sense Media
Between Michael Douglas' mullet, a synthesizer heavy score, and Kathleen Turner shining in her blink and you missed it prime, Zemeckis' movie is truly time capsule worthy.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
A grand example of the rarest combination of adventure, humor, and sexual chemistry which all crackle along with abandon.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
All very tongue-in-cheek (typified by the opening sequence, lifted straight from one of Joan's pulp novels) and great fun.
Dean Essner - Film4
Douglas and Turner make a great double act in this exuberantly directed adventure movie with a great start turn from the always enjoyable De Vito. Good stuff.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
A rousing, old-fashioned romantic adventure.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The chemistry between the principles is something that no one can deny.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A high-spirited cocktail of action, comedy and romance that's one of those rare movies with something for almost everyone.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
often copied, but never quite duplicated
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The message is clear: Love and protection comes with a white face and a big, black gun. His name is Michael Douglas.
Paul Schrodt - Slant Magazine
Its combination of romance and adventure (and a bit of comedy) was spot-on, and few films that have arrived since have captured Stone's enthusiasm and good-naturedness
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
A surprisingly witty script, some really excellent chemistry between Douglas & Turner, and a large (and very welcome) portion of comic relief by Danny DeVito. Fun stuff.
Scott Weinberg - DVDTalk.com
The script is sharp and funny, the direction sure-footed on both the comedy and action fronts, and the whole thing adds up to rather more concerted fun than Indiana Jones' flab-ridden escapade in the Temple of Doom.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Michael E. Grost - Classic Film and Television
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Michael Szymanski - International Press Academy
Fun adventure comedy that won't cost you brain cells.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Great star chemistry, fun romantic adventure
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
great fun, terrific characters
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Zemeckis initiates his string of hits here.
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
A rip-roaring saga of derring-do.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Magical chemistry make this Stone a polished romantic/action/comedy.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
A funny movie with some decent action scenes, Stone was a big blockbuster when it came out, but hasn't aged particularly well. The chemistry between the Douglas, Turner and DeVito is still fun to watch.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
[A] fine example of 1980s Hollywood's craftsmanship.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Filled with twists, stunts, and witty banter, Romancing the Stone is a breathlessly enjoyable action comedy.
Neil Smith - BBC
Entertaining, adventurous, short, and somewhat dated.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium