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Notting Hill

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United Kingdom, United States
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1999

Rated PG-13 · 2h 4m

Director Roger Michell
Starring Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Gina McKee, Tim McInnerny

Genre Romance, Comedy, Drama

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William Thacker is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott appears in his shop. As the average bloke and glamorous movie star draw closer and closer together, they struggle to reconcile their radically different lifestyles in the name of love.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

A classic boy meets girl story, where you can't help but root for a seemingly impossible couple to end up together. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts' charming performances and undeniable chemistry really put it over the top!

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

50

L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

The result is two films: a big, dreary star vehicle that sags whenever its leads spend quality time together, and a mettlesome British caper whose nutsosecondary characters walk away with the movie.
100

New York Daily News by Jami Bernard

The overall result is a romantic comedy that indulges fantasies, calms insecurities (can an ordinary bloke stack up?), and breaks and mends hearts with surgical precision.
70

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

It may boil down to little more than a minor variation on Four Weddings' formula, but it's an interesting and entertaining one.
70

TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

Roberts fans will, of course, be delighted to see her in a role that plays to all her strengths -- fresh-faced looks, charming gangliness, air of infinite approachability -- and neatly sidesteps her glaring inability to act by having her more or less play herself.
75

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

The movie is bright, the dialogue has wit and intelligence, and Roberts and Grant are very easy to like. By the end, as much as we're aware of the ancient story machinery groaning away below deck, we're smiling.

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