The Proposal Reviews

  • 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

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