The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Like most Hollywood romantic comedies these days, The Proposal is all about bringing a woman to her knees.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Sandra Bullock is teamed up with Ryan Reynolds, and each star's face has a waxy immobility that has nothing to do with Botox; the pure awfulness of the script has paralysed their facial muscles.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Though it falls short of winning our hearts completely, The Proposal is a serviceable and intermittently funny romance made enjoyable by the sparks between Bullock and Reynolds.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Just looking at the poster for The Proposal, a by-the-numbers romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, tells you exactly how it's all gonna go down.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Why a screenwriter would think hilarity would ensue from this premise is anybody's guess.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
You know every tinny beat and false note by heart, from the implausible setup to the sprint-to-the-airport finish.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
It's impossible to guess why Bullock was ever attracted to this insulting role, and the eternally confident Reynolds is miscast as a young, bullied underling.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
It isn't a film with a lot of big guffaws, but I smiled through most of it.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
The script encases Margaret in rusted defenses from which it can't free her without awkward leaps and cheats.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
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 - Chicago Sun-Times
The problem is not the acting. The problem is what these actors are required to say and do.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
[A] buoyant vehicle for Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, whose chemistry is a happy surprise.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
The setup is formula, but Bullock and Reynolds supply surprising fizz and kick.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
And though Bullock and Reynolds have snappy chemistry to spare, their love affair stops just shy of being believable. There are too many awkward 'tender' moments and not enough vigor for a real romance.
Kara Nesvig - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A straight-ahead romantic comedy that relies on the considerable charms of its stars, The Proposal feels so comfortable and familiar you might feel like you've seen it before.
Tom Long - Detroit News
So we've got a prodigal son who has the chance to deal with his father issues and discover things about his heretofore evil boss. It's like a romantic-comedy cliche twofer.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Bullock is one of those actresses that help prove that, when done right, a romantic comedy can be a wonderfully satisfying thing.
Sara Vilkomerson - New York Observer
The Proposal won't catch any bouquets for originality, but in terms of a bended-knee pitch for the affections of women this romantic comedy pretty much pulls out all the stops.
Brian Lowry - Variety
Shamelessly derivative, contrived and predictable, The Proposal is nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Bullock's longtime fans should be happy to see her fully engaged in a role that suits her and paired, at last, with her comic equal: Reynolds.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Nobody who ever attended a date movie will be surprised by what happens, but The Proposal has low expectations and good vibes in its favour.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Familiarity breeds contempt
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Onscreen chemistry is an elusive notion but you know it when you see it, and Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds definitely have it in The Proposal.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A romantic comedy doesn't need to be original to be enjoyable, and yet The Proposal still falls way too short of the mark.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The Proposal is a standard-order, by-the-book romantic comedy that offers nothing remotely fresh or new while following a formula even neophytes know by heart.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Diverting romantic antic about a sham engagement is sparked by the bright chemistry and comic timing of Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
Kevin Lally - Hollywood Reporter
All the romantic comedy conventions are shamelessly on parade in The Proposal, trampling on our brains and turning them into mush.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A romantic comedy so numbing it feels like Novocaine.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The Proposal is just a good old-fashioned romance, one in which people actually bring out the best in one another rather than the worst. How novel is that?
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
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Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
A fresh twist to a proposal that starts out as all business but becomes something warmer and fuzzier before it's over.
Neil Pond - American Profile
The comedy is some good moments, and the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds is strong, but it's too cute and predictable
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
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Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Dave White - Movies.com
annoyingly predictable and barely watchable piece of Hollywood routine
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
It's not awful, certainly not memorable and - despite the words of at least one quote whore - it's not "the year's best comedy."
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
a morass of cliches
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Tailored to fit Sandra Bullock more snugly than the antique wedding gown altered for the star during the final act, the film begins to fall apart at the seams after its focus wanders from its promising screwball premise...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Bullock is totally at home in this territory, and she remains fun to watch, but I do wish she would get stronger, possibly more original comedic material.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Unfortunately, this winning team is stuck in a dumb vehicle.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The Proposal doesn't blaze any new ground, but it doesn't raze any old ground either. It's a solid, old-fashioned romantic comedy that's more interested in the romance than in being silly or raunchy. These days, that's refreshing enough.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
It's obviously formula stuff, and follows that formula so earnestly that at points you'll wince more than swoon (why does every big proclamation of love in the final scenes need to be made in public?).
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
There is something to be said for such a relentlessly by-the-numbers chick flick programmer that is nonetheless a breezily enjoyable sit.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
I was engaged by the fiery chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
A mildly enjoyed engagement that simply wasn't meant to last.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
This is familiar territory crudely traversed.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The sight of Bullock doing a rap dance with granny in the woods is a traumatising experience.
Cosmo Landesman - Sunday Times (UK)
It is contrived and predictable, squandering the chemistry between co-stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as it creates lazy escapist entertainment that is forgotten as soon as the end credits have rolled.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
At the Sandra Bullock Movie Factory, a Hunky Co-Star Assembly Line rivets a new head on a standard male muscular body per SB pic.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
The Proposal might not be ground breaking stuff, but it's a delightful and very enjoyable distraction that will lift your spirits.
Simon Thompson - Heart 106.2
Ignore the underlying fact that The Proposal is one big cliche of a movie and relish Bullock's ability to handle slapstick comedy as well as the smart line delivery.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
Ultimately, there is something refreshing about The Proposal's undemanding humour and unabashed feel-good factor.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Predictable rom-coms can work if the comedy and chemistry are there. Alas, both have gone AWOL. There's a dry and silent desert where the jokes are meant to be.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
This turns out to be another bad choice for Bullock who, without playing badly, sinks in the general morass.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Enjoyable romcom that succeeds thanks to the chemistry and comic timing of its two leads, but it's also formulaic, completely predictable and nowhere near as funny as it thinks it is.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Dear Hollywood, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health . . . please stop parping out meritless tripe like this.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
The Proposal is not a marriage made in heaven by any means, but the eventual charm of the leads and a gag-packed second half manage to salvage the movie from inauspicious beginnings.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Sky Movies
It's not The Proposal's predictability that's the main problem, it's the lazy way it doesn't even try to cover up this predictability with witty jokes.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
As brightly enjoyable as this film is, there's no escaping the fact that it's yet another formulaic rom-com.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Despite good moments and likable leads, this lacks both heart and humour in a confection that smacks of the over-familiar.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
Another dagger in the back of romantic comedy.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Sandra Bullock's performance alone deserves to give the star her first big comedy success since Miss Congeniality.
Dean Essner - Sunday Mail [UK]
Dean Essner - Irish Times
They may as well have called this one 'Mis-Matched Sham Wedding Comedy #57513' for all the effort it makes to shake new life out of a tattered genre.
David Jenkins - Time Out
As a fish-out-of-water comedy, it's so lousy that you keep wishing someone would put the poor fish out of its misery.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
So keen to be cute it curdles our stomachs and so anxious to be funny it jellifies our funny bones.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Despite some fine performances and pretty scenery, The Proposal is predictable yet incredible, and devoid of any consistent tone. Better call off that wedding.
Anton Bitel - Film4
The more recurrent noise towards the end was me groaning with disappointment, that a movie which had struck gold with its central matchmaking was succeeding so ruthlessly in taking the shine off.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
One minute you're watching a 21st-century remake of His Girl Friday, the next you're having to endure some awful, dumbed-down "women's picture". Bullock deserves better.
Toby Young - Times [UK]
A pedigree cast, fun premise and punchy dialogue make Bullock's return to romantic comedy look a great catch, and Reynolds is sharper than a diamond solitaire. Pity, then, that its penchant for sentimentality makes it miss congeniality.
Kate Stables - Total Film
Bullock and Reynolds ... end up elevating The Proposal, turning something old into something (almost) new, something borrowed into something cute.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Sometimes, 'The Proposal' is rather engaging.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Bullock deserves better material and so do her fans. The moral: Don't accept a role unless you have read the entire script. Perhaps that's a more worthwhile proposal.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
The Proposal feels both new and familiar. It's new, in that it doesn't obey a lot of rules of romantic comedies, while not breaking with tradition, and familiar in that it is reminiscent of some of the best romantic comedies without seeming too derivativ
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
There is a beacon of light -- Betty White. Ms. Betty could be cast in a revival of 'New Jack City' and you'd believe her in every frame.
Clay Cane - BET.com
The movie, duly enjoyable, joins a long list of Bullock's previous audience pleasing romance-centric films. For fans of Bullock and Ryan Reynolds' spectacular abs only.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
It breaks no new ground, is predictable at every turn, and no one will remember a thing about it a week after they see it. All that said, The Proposal is above-average.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Probably won't do you a permanent injury should you come into contact with it.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The Proposal could have been a terrific screwball comedy, but the end results are well below average.
Evan Williams - The Australian
What fate could be so horrible that someone would defraud the government, lie to family and friends, even marry someone they didn't love just to avoid it? Why, moving to Canada, of course.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
... a cookie-cutter rom-com, but despite my critical instincts screaming at me that I didn't need these empty calories, I was eating the whole cookie and liking it.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
For a woefully unconvincing summertime romantic comedy, it's not without a certain ramshackle, rickety old charm.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's a pleasant time killer offering mindless entertainment and appealing stars.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The troubling thing about Margaret's "punishment" is the implication that she deserves it in the first place.
Renie Scolaro Mora - PopMatters
The fresh dialogue, gorgeous scenery, and ultimately winsome love story make this one of the most appealing romances to come down the pike in recent years.
Annie Young Frisbie - Christianity Today
A great example of moviemaking on autopilot. The screenplay not only heads for the predicable finish line, it also makes sure to hit all the predictable stops along the way.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds makes this good movie even better
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
While the picture occasionally goes out of its way to make Bullock's character a ninny, the actress refuses to let the role manhandle her, and she and the ever-charming Reynolds work well together.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The Proposal is a delicious revamping of a Doris Day-like vehicle for Bullock (e.g. Pillow Talk). A virginal (or near-virginal), uptight heroine loosens up and finds true love after she discovers the man she has little patience for is her ideal mate.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
I am going to do something I've never done before. I hope you're all sitting down....ahem. I am actually going to say something nice about a chick flick.
Jenna Busch - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Bullock and Reynolds are appealing enough to make viewers care if real love will emerge from the legal ploy.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Once you've set your story up as a bedroom farce, resisting the form seems futile. The Proposal meanders toward a tone without arriving at one.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Believability really goes out the window here.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Sloppy and lazy.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
By its own modest aims, it's not horrible ...
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Cookie-cutter characters inhabit a paper-thin plot while being helplessly propelled to a cliche climax.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
...formula filmmaking at its coldest...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
As one embarrassing scene follows another, The Proposal accumulates so many bad vibes that it becomes grimly compelling.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Just like Up, the first 20 minutes is the best part, and that's about where the comparisons stop. They had the pieces in place for The Proposal but it slowly fell apart.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
It simply doesn't give this screwball premise the workout it deserves.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Sandra Bullock is the paragon of a romantic comedy heroine ... So why does she find herself the star power behind so many romcom stinkers?
Beverly Berning - culturevulture.net
The "here comes the bribe" relationship between these two likable personalities mirrors that of an ice cream cone that starts off freezing cold and then deliciously melts from the sizzling summer heat.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Know this: There are no original romantic comedies anymore, only original people in them. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds make The Proposal a lot better than it ought to be.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
The Proposal gives some hope that the rom-com can still function.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Anne Fletcher has practically established herself as the anti-feminist, playing more to the hopeless ring chasers out there rather than those who might be insulted at the prospect of independent women needing a man in their lives to complete them.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A spunky comedy about an odd couple and their adventures in love.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Instead of being about dinosaurs and time warps, it's about gags that were old when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Despite its less than original pedigree, The Proposal is a perfect example of a predictable, formulaic script elevated by fine acting and palpable chemistry.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Without question this riotously funny flick is the year's best comedy -- at least so far.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
The Proposal often lies flat where it should spark, with director Fletcher failing to maximize her talented cast's potential. The timing is off in several scenes, and a would-be outrageous character inspires more eye rolls than laughs.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
There's nothing surprising here.
Sharon Hoffmann - Kansas City Star
The experience of watching 'The Proposal" is not unlike attending a performance from a cover band specializing in the songs of Billy Joel--both offer up the prospect of two hours of mind-numbing blandness without a single original element on display.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The movie is a checklist of bad sitcom plots and generic romcom characters. But it's also funny and charming and cute.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
It's got spunk and charm and two skillful stars in Bullock and Reynolds, who make it all feel much less generic than it is.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Bullock and Reynolds' chemistry propels charming romcom.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Things all fit together, but the film does lack the creative spark behind classic rom coms like Pretty Woman and When Harry Met Sally.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Kudos to Bullock for trying something different.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A hollow proposal though Reynolds proves he's got the chops for comedy.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
The movie's lazy, formulaic story quickly becomes an excruciating waste of talent.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
A cut above, but no more.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
There are spit-takes and lies; small dogs and mishaps. And, to cap it off, an impassioned dash to the airport. Seriously.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Although The Proposal isn't a sweep-you-off-your-feet affair, Bullock and Reynolds make it a thoroughly charming engagement.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
A mostly harmless, completely unsurprising romantic comedy.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Even though I was able to figure out the ending just based on my knowledge of romantic comedies, the film still delivered decent laughs and good chemistry.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
It's the undeniable chemistry %u2013 both romantic and comedic %u2013 shared between Reynolds and Bullock that ultimately carries "The Proposal" over its mediocre, formulaic writing and predictable plotting.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
The Proposal restores Sandra Bullock to comic glory. It's her best role since While You Were Sleeping.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
It's about a guy who has to be blackmailed into marrying Sandra Bullock? Blackmailed? He'd have to be married to Scarlett Johansson for that to be realistic.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The bar for modern rom-coms remains depressingly low, but The Proposal clears it with ease.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Think "Taming of the Shrew Wears Prada."
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Thanks to casting and chemistry, this is the first great romantic comedy of the summer.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
When White and Bullock are on screen together, they click in a way that makes this predictable film shine.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Bullock and Reynolds play against type well, and their spicy chemistry is contagious. But while the leads are doing their thing, Betty White slips in and steals the movie.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
In the end, nothing can compensate for the fact that Bullock has been so diligent in ridding herself of any trace of niceness that she looks as if she's regretting the whole thing. Boredom doesn't suit her and a romcom without charm just doesn't rate.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
As romantic comedies go, backed by its terrific leads and well-crafted script, this is easily the year's best.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
All this predictable, romantic/screwball comedy really has to do is supply us with a steady supply of laughs. And in that regard, the film succeeds.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Regardless of the changes in setting and leading men, this is still Bullock running off the same old battery, and the fatigue is becoming increasingly difficult to cover up.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
At every turn where The Proposal could have seemingly gone in a less obvious direction, it just puts on the blinders and forges ahead with the cliches of this genre.
Rick Mele - AskMen.com
Never underestimate the pleasure of a sparkly screwball comedy - and a fluffy puppy.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Despite sparkling performances by Ryan Reynolds and Denis O'Hare, this derivative story has been made into too many movies not to be stale.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Though there's definitely an audience for the story's increasingly sunny sweetness, the film sparks to life pretty much only when the estimable duo of Bullock and Reynolds bickers.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Hinging on the far fetched premise that if you put two people with zero chemistry in a room together long enough, they'll inevitably fall in love with each other, the movie is stolen away by Oscar Nunez's multi-tasking paunchy male stripper grocery clerk.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Somehow, someone decided this rom-com needed less rom and more com -- a fatal mistake.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Romantic comedy fans will get what they want and, at least this time, those pleasures are a little less guiltier than usual.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Oh Sandra Bullock, why do you do this to yourself?
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The Proposal's a fairly good-natured but weak proposition -- it's a movie you might enjoy on an evening's date, but it's not one you'll want to spend the rest of your life with.
James Rocchi - Redbox
Sluggish when it should be scintillating and sappy where it should be sardonic, this romantic comedy winds up more softball than screwball.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Following 27 Dresses, this is the second high-concept, low-impact, wedding-themed comedy in 18 months for choreographer-turned-director Anne Fletcher. It might be time to move on.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
has fleeting moments of hilarity and charisma, but ultimately falls flat as a romance, comedy and drama with an inane, sitcom-ish, uninspired and lazy screenplay along with sloppy editing and direction.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Despite the fact The Proposal is predictable and stuffed with recycled schtick, it's surprisingly enjoyable and completely charming. If it was a baby, you'd want to pinch its little cheek -- it's that cute.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Given the plot summary, you have to admit that anything better than 'I took my own life halfway through the screening' is impressive.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Were it not for the jangly screwball energy ... The Proposal would be just another desperate attempt to jam as many winning formula elements into one graceless package as possible.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Surprisingly charming and smartly executed.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Proposal coasts along on likability, right up to its standard-issue ending; what it doesn't do is surprise us in any way.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A high gloss, studio Romcom with cliched jokes and conflicts that are as uncontroversial as they are predictable, The Proposal is rooted in the most classical of conventions and still finds ways to be surprisingly enchanting.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Yet another formulaic romantic comedy, with little to offer except sparkling performances from Bullock and Reynolds.
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Bullock and Reynolds play off each other with a real zing and zeal, but the narrative journeys down an avenue so formulaic the viewer's heart shatters at the very realization of it.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The leads are appealing, the material familiar -- it adds a Front Page romantic angle to The Devil Wears Prada, and reworks ideas from Green Card.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Did you ever notice that the best romantic comedies are often the cynical ones?
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
...may not be the worst romantic comedy ever made, but it surely is one of the most unnecessary...plays like a patchwork of everything from "Men in Trees" to "Chuck and Larry."
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Fletcher's labored, downright desperate efforts at wringing laughs out of hopelessly stale material results in a series of entirely needless sequences...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's been made according to the chapter in the box-office manual labeled "summer counter-programming."
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Every scene between Bullock and Reynolds only suggests how fine they might be in good circumstances.
Armond White - New York Press
Classic screwball comedies knew how to get antagonistic lovers to fall for each other without having to resort to bathos; one wants to send first-time screenwriter Pete Chiarelli to an all-day Howard Hawks film festival.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
The stars aren't going to erase memories of Hepburn and Tracy, or Lombard and Powell, but Bullock and Reynolds - even when playing a naked bathroom scene together - make a good fit.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
The Proposal works up such a fun vibe that you couldn't care less about the contrived schematics of its story.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
It sounds like a faint recommendation, but trust me when I say that calling it "not terrible" is high praise indeed.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
No matter how much you covet success in New York publishing, walk away. Resist the temptation to marry your boss on a bribe, especially if she's Canada's answer to Anna Wintour.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out New York
this is sort of an object lesson in what's wrong with comedy today. The first 15, maybe 20 minutes of this film was really promising... And then it all falls apart because they bring in all these silly, farcical things.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Director Anne Fletcher knows where the comedy lies in an improbable but cute screenplay by Peter Chiarelli, it's in her two stars and she lets them fly.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
[C]ontrived... shameless in its cheap pandering... descend[s] to its most slapsticky just as it's maybe about to touch on some genuine feeling as if it assumes its audience has the emotional maturity of a kindergartner...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The Proposal could have been much smarter, and much hipper. Instead, it settles for silliness and sentimentality.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
An old-fashioned romp reminiscent of the best of Doris Day and Rock Hudson!
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Sandra Shock: Bullock partners well with Ryan Reynolds, their romcom strengths sailing above any of the weaker options put forward by this decent Proposal.
Hilton Thomas - Empire Magazine Australasia
The lure of Reynolds' and Bullock's nude scene together is sure to fill cinema seats (and raise a smile), but the other 106 minutes of The Proposal prove utterly forgettable.
Liz Graham - FILMINK (Australia)
With Ms. Bullock playing a lady only a polar bear could warm up to and Ryan Reynolds' exquisite balancing of the dynamics of the situation, this romantic comedy finds a sweet comfort level.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A likeable romantic comedy featuring two charismatic leads who can't quite escape the shackles of a predictable storyline.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Humor and romance are interspersed so predictably it's as if screenwriter Pete Chairelli were working from a rom-com checklist.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Director Anne Fletcher keeps the romantic comedy running with a bubbly spirit and a snappy pace.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It's doing the same old thing but seems to know it, and so does its best to find something new buried in those cliches.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
It is about as pleasing a star-driven comedy as one could reasonably expect to open in wide release during the dog days of summer.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
It's contrived and predictable, formulaic and derivative, yet The Proposal has its own charm. Star charisma is part of it, but there's an interesting dynamic between the two leads. The set up is fun, too.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile