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Notting Hill (1999)



Critic Consensus: A rom-com with the right ingredients, Notting Hill proves there's nothing like a love story well told -- especially when Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are your leads.

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Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the way a famous actress would be with a star-struck sales clerk. Their relationship would logically end there, if William didn't run out a few minutes later to buy some juice. While dashing back to the shop, he bumps into Anna on the street, spilling juice all over her blouse. Since he lives nearby, William politely offers to let her stop by his house to clean up; since William seems harmless enough, Anna agrees. When Anna has to stop back to pick up a bag she left at William's house, they kiss -- just in time for Spike to show up. A romance slowly blooms as his friends and family (not to mention the world at large) wonder out loud what he's doing dating a movie star. Notting Hill reunites Hugh Grant with producer Duncan Kenworthy and screenwriter Richard Curtis, who previously worked together on the international hit Four Weddings And A Funeral. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Julia Roberts
as Anna Scott
Hugh Grant
as William Thacker
Dylan Moran
as Rufus the Thief
Roger Frost
as Annoying Customer
Julian Rhind-Tutt
as Time Out Journalist
Lorelei King
as Anna's Publicist
John Shrapnel
as PR Chief
Clarke Peters
as Helix Lead Actor
Alec Baldwin
as Jeff King
Matthew Modine
as Movie-Within-Movie Actor
Arturo Venegas
as Foreign Actor
Yolanda Vazquez
as Interpreter
Mischa Barton
as 10-Year-Old Actress
Henry Goodman
as Ritz Concierge
Dorian Lough
as Loud Man at Restaurant
Sanjeev Bhaskar
as Loud Man at Restaurant
Paul Chahidi
as Loud Man at Restaurant
Matthew Whittle
as Loud Man at Restaurant
Emily Mortimer
as Perfect Girl
Tony Armatrading
as Security Man
September Buckley
as Third Assistant Director
Philip Mankium
as Harry the Sound Man
Samuel West
as Anna's Co-Star
Dennis Matsuki
as Japanese Business Man
Patrick Barlow
as Savoy Concierge
Andy de la Tour
as Journalist
Maureen Hibbert
as Journalist
Rupert Proctor
as Journalist
David Sternberg
as Journalist
Ann Beach
as William's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Notting Hill

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (34)

For all its cheesiness, Notting Hill delivers a very great deal of pleasure...

February 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The ending is happy and ironic in equal measure, but most of the fun is just getting there with the right chemistry and compatibility.

April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

t's an agreeably slick affair, with decent support performances, elegant camerawork, and several impressive set pieces.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

An exceptionally guy-friendly chick flick.

July 21, 2005

Lately, romance comedies have expanded in running time, doubtless to compensate for their shrinkage in charm, and this is no exception -- it's way too long for something far too slight.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film's romantic core is impervious to problems.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Notting Hill


Like I've said in a previous review, all a romantic comedy needs is a tangible chemistry between the two actors and a clever script. "Notting Hill" delivers the goods. It's lacking in many technical standpoints and can get a little too sappy at times, but the characters are so alluring and the script is so witty that it overcomes the choke points of this film. I found myself laughing out loud at the humor and I found myself really caring to see more progression within these characters' relationships. "Notting Hill"'s a great romantic comedy that's sure to please all movie-goers.

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Personally endeared and irresistible, Notting Hill is a perfect dream - a beloved story that begins with a coincidence that has evolved into something greater between an ordinary man and a prominent actress. Notting Hill is perhaps imperfect, but beyond reason, Notting Hill capitalizes on basic human emotional vulnerabilities. Most charming.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

Wonderfully funny movie, that can be seen over and over again. Brilliantly written, with great characters, a delightful cast and perfect chemistry between the actors. It's got more memorable scenes than several dozen's worth of your average rom-coms put together. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that it's my favourite "Brit flick" of all-time. It also gives you a very fascinating insight to the complicated reality that comes with being a movie star. I have a very sincere love for this film and I'm not afraid to say it. It's witty, it's heartfelt and beautifully narrated. But above all, incredibly moving. Too bad they never made a spin-off with the character "Spike", because every minute he's on screen is an absolute riot. Anyway, if you're looking for a cozy feel-good film to watch with someone special, then this is truly the perfect pick.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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