The Proposal (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Proposal (2009)



Critic Consensus: Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds exhibit plenty of chemistry, but they're let down by The Proposal's devotion to formula.

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When high-powered book editor Margaret faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she's actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew, who she's tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family, and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.

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Sandra Bullock
as Margaret Tate
Ryan Reynolds
as Andrew Paxton
Malin Akerman
as Gertrude
Craig T. Nelson
as Joe Paxton
Mary Steenburgen
as Grace Paxton
Denis O'Hare
as Mr. Gilbertson
Betty White
as Grandma Annie
Aasif Mandvi
as Bob Thurber
Niecy Nash
as Flight Attendant
Michael Nouri
as Chairman Bergen
Maureen Keiller
as Suzanne Joines
Dale Place
as Jim McKittrick
Mini Anden
as Simone
Alicia Hunt
as Jillian
Kortney Adams
as Receptionist
Chris Whitney
as Medivac Pilot
Gregg Edelman
as Lead Counsel Malloy
Phyllis Kay
as Mrs. McKittrick
Alexis Garcia
as Immigration Clerk
Kate Lacey
as Party Guest
Gene Fleming
as Store Owner
Mary-Linda Rapelye
as Executive Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Proposal

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (60)

... I do have to admit that I did laugh a few times.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Simple and clichéd, yet refreshing. As long as you're hell-bent on seeing a romantic comedy, The Proposal will deliver.

August 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

They may as well have called this one 'Mis-Matched Sham Wedding Comedy #57513' for all the effort it makes to shake new life out of a tattered genre.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

One minute you're watching a 21st-century remake of His Girl Friday, the next you're having to endure some awful, dumbed-down "women's picture". Bullock deserves better.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sandra Bullock is teamed up with Ryan Reynolds, and each star's face has a waxy immobility that has nothing to do with Botox; the pure awfulness of the script has paralysed their facial muscles.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The more recurrent noise towards the end was me groaning with disappointment, that a movie which had struck gold with its central matchmaking was succeeding so ruthlessly in taking the shine off.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Proposal

Despite some funny moments and the good chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds, there is nothing fresh in this unoriginal romcom whose humor is more embarrassing than inspired. Even worse is how we are supposed to buy that such a tough bitch can change so much in one weekend.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


It's a really good ol' rom-com that actually makes you laugh. It's a bit formulaic but I really like Bullock's and Reynolds' performances.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Only a charisma piece but there's oodles of that charisma. You'll hate yourself for liking it. Okay, okay, hate's a strong word. Maybe its a better chick flick than I give it credit for being.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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