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Roman Holiday Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    It is a contrived fable but a bittersweet legend with laughs that leaves the spirits soaring.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It delivers on everything it promises, from the modern day reverse-Cinderella fable to a fabric of low-key humor. [Review of re-release]

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  • 90

    out of 100


    [William Wyler] times the chuckles with a never-flagging pace, puts heart into the laughs, endows the footage with some boff bits of business and points up some tender, poignant scenes in using the smart script and the cast to the utmost advantage.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

A delightful classic that's perfect for family film night.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing very objectionable in this classic film. There's a scene in which the princess tries her first cigarette and another including a frenetic brawl on a barge. Both the male and female leads are good role models by the end of the film. Younger children will be able to follow the plot easily.

  • Families can talk about the moral decisions the main characters have to make. Do you think Princess Ann made the right choice? Why did Joe Bradley act as he did in the beginning of the film? How about at the end? If you had an obligation to family that interfered with love, which would you choose?
  • How do you think this movie would be different if it was remade for contemporary audiences?
  • How do the gender roles shown in this film reflect the time in which it was made?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Lessons on honesty and integrity are shown during the film.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: When faced with a difficult decision, the American journalist Joe Bradley chooses personal integrity over lucrative career gains.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A large (but relatively civilized) fight breaks out between government agents and dancers on a barge.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Very mild innuendo.

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke cigarettes. Main characters also drink champagne and wine, but do not act intoxicated while doing so. A young woman seems like she is drunk -- falling asleep on a bench, slurring her speech and tripping over her words, and while the lead male character suspects she has been drinking, she had actually been given sleeping pills.