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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What's good in the film, which was shot superbly by Matthew Libatique, is so good - so exuberant and touching and sweet - that you want the whole thing to be perfect, but Ruby Sparks is a closed system that gradually turns in on itself. There isn't enough of someone else.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The fictional premise is used cleverly to illuminate the creative process and explore romantic minefields, and the appealing Ruby Sparks has a low-key, polished charm.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A beguiling romantic fantasy about the creative process and its potential to quite literally take on a life of its own, Ruby Sparks performs an imaginative high-wire act with finesse and charm.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Ruby Sparks is a romantic comedy that takes off from a premise so fanciful it needs every bit of the freshness that Dano brings it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Indie romcom explores ego and love; language, sex talk.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that indie romance Ruby Sparks is layered and hard to classify, despite its romcom positioning. It has moments of whimsy but also intense scenes that may be too heavy for younger teens and tweens. There's no nudity beyond some bare shoulders, but expect some swearing (including "f--k"), references to sex (including oral sex), and social drinking, as well as complex explorations into the nature of relationships.

  • Families can talk about Calvin's "creation." What would it be like to be able to control the actions of a loved one? Would you want to?
  • What is Ruby Sparks saying about the nature of creativity and art? What about relationships?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: A relationship has its own life and runs its own course. There's no trying to control it; you can only try your best and take a leap of faith.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Calvin and Ruby are flawed and fascinating, sometimes simultaneously. Calvin wants to know himself and why he is the way he is (though he fights against the truth sometimes); Ruby is warm, open, and embracing.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: One particularly raw, potentially disturbing depiction of an intense argument between a couple. One resists the control with aggressive exertions, and it's sometimes difficult to watch.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing/tenderness, flirting (including a scene in which Ruby says she's not wearing any panties), and sometimes-crude verbal references/allusions to sex -- including oral sex and other activities. Cleavage and a woman's bare shoulders/back (implying nudity) are seen; some shots of a woman in underwear.

  • language false4

    Language: Words include several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "c--k," "poon," "jacks--t," "a--hole," "laid," "damn," "t-ts," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Labels referenced or seen include Apple, LifeFitness, Olympia, Crispix, BMW, and Prozac.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking. References to being stoned or smoking dope. Characters share a joint in one scene.