'The Proposal' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   11 reviews
43%
Rotten Tomatoes:   188 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Like most Hollywood romantic comedies these days, The Proposal is all about bringing a woman to her knees.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
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  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Why a screenwriter would think hilarity would ensue from this premise is anybody's guess.
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  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    You know every tinny beat and false note by heart, from the implausible setup to the sprint-to-the-airport finish.
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  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
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  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    It isn't a film with a lot of big guffaws, but I smiled through most of it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The script encases Margaret in rusted defenses from which it can't free her without awkward leaps and cheats.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The problem is not the acting. The problem is what these actors are required to say and do.
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  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    [A] buoyant vehicle for Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, whose chemistry is a happy surprise.
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    The setup is formula, but Bullock and Reynolds supply surprising fizz and kick.
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  • Kara Nesvig Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sara Vilkomerson New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Bullock is one of those actresses that help prove that, when done right, a romantic comedy can be a wonderfully satisfying thing.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Shamelessly derivative, contrived and predictable, The Proposal is nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Baltake Passionate Moviegoer (Top Critic)
    Familiarity breeds contempt
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    A romantic comedy doesn't need to be original to be enjoyable, and yet The Proposal still falls way too short of the mark.
    Full Review » 5 years ago