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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 in romantic Rome.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing very objectionable in this 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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

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

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    Sex: Very mild innuendo.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Minimal smoking and drinking.