Up Close & Personal
Up Close & Personal (1996)

A story about a career television journalist who eclipses her mentor, this drama's plot resembles that of A Star Is Born, and it shares the same screenwriters as those who penned the 1976 version of that film, John Gregory Dunne and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: September 7, 1999
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Up Close & Personal wastes its superstar leads and compelling fact-inspired story on a treacly romance bereft of onscreen chemistry.

David Ansen

What Up Close and Personal" is really about is the chemical reaction set off between Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford. In a love story, if your two stars don't click, all is lost. When they do--as they do here--nothing else really matters.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

This is one of those untaxing time-killers where you spend a lot of time pondering which of its actress's changing hairstyles you like best.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A perfectly respectable effort, but with all the talent involved it could have been better.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Is it worse as a love story or as a drama about the sorry state of television news? The answer: It's a tie.

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Armond White
National Review

Up Close and Personal isn't even a particularly good movie, but it's more revealing than most other films about the degradation of what used to be called "the press."

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Bland TV expose loosely based on the life of Jessica Savitch

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The temptations are great to mock the cliches and melodrama in Up Close & Personal, but the movie undeniably works as what it really is -- a love story.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Glitz! Glamour! Love! TV news ethics?

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Scott Weinberg

Final proof that "based on actual events" means absolutely nothing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Cassie Hill
Pfeiffer stars as Tally aka Sally who is a young and naive journalist who desperately wants to become a news anchor & enlists the help of a news director,… More
Cinema Films
A classic and remarkable movie. Robert's portrayal of a dedicated journalist has been an encouragement to others in similar situations. Yes, I don't… More
Dean McKenna
Old-fashioned Hollywood movies are hard to come by these days, and that is what makes this big-screen love story such a treasure. Writer Joan Didion and John… More
Erin Collins
A little long. The ending was very sad.
Leigh Ryan
So sweet and romantic.
Dimitris Springer
Here's another stereotype of the American (U.S. that is) pile of rubbish on a daily basis. I mean, compared to this, One Fine Day looks like a masterpiece!… More