You've Got Mail (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

You've Got Mail1998

You've Got Mail (1998)



Critic Consensus: Great chemistry between the leads made this a warm and charming delight.

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The film tells of Kathleen Kelly, who owns a children's bookstore in New York. It is a small but profitable labor of love -- until Foxbooks, a mega-chain of super-sized bookstores, begins building across the street. Joe Fox, an executive with the family-owned firm, is directly responsible for this particular branch. Kathleen despises Joe and everything he seems to stand for. The future of her very livelihood is in doubt. When Kathleen and Joe are not working, they are logged onto their respective computers, where they've each met a wonderful friend. No one else has shared-or is even aware of-their intimate, anonymous electronic conversations that begin with the magic words "you've got mail."

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Tom Hanks
as Joe Fox
Meg Ryan
as Kathleen Kelly
Parker Posey
as Patricia
Dabney Coleman
as Nelson Fox
Steve Zahn
as George
John Randolph
as Schuyler Fox
Heather Burns
as Christina
Deborah Rush
as Veronica Grant
Hallee Hirsh
as Annabelle Fox
Cara Seymour
as Gillian
Katie Finneran
as Maureen, the Nanny
Michael Badalucco
as Charlie, Lift Attendant
Veanne Cox
as Miranda Magulies, Children's Author
Sara Ramirez
as Rose, Zabar's Cashier
Howard Spiegel
as Henry, Irate Zabars Shopper
Diane Sokolow
as Zabars Shopper
Julie Kaas
as Zabars Shopper
Reiko Aylesworth
as Thanksgiving Guest
Katie Sagona
as Young Kathleen Kelly
Kathryn Maisle
as Cecilia Kelly
Nina Zoie Lam
as Sidne Anne, TV Reporter
Maggie Murphy
as Theatre Patron
Mary Pat Kelly
as Fox Books Shopper
Chris Messina
as Fox Salesperson
Ronobir Lahiri
as Man at Cafe Lalo
André Sogliuzzo
as Waiter at Cafe Lalo
Peter A. Mian
as Capeman at Starbucks
Richard Cohen
as Starbucks Customer
Enzo Angileri
as Starbucks Customer
Nick Brown
as Juggler
Ann Fleuchaus
as Sarah Mancini
Neil Bonin
as Party Guest
Bill McHugh
as Party Guest
Lynn Grossman
as Yvette Fox
Dolores Sirianni
as Mother of Twins
as Brinkley the Dog
as Brinkley the Dog
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Critic Reviews for You've Got Mail

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (27)

The coincidences that make the destined lovers' paths cross aren't contrived with much finesse, but the characters get in some decidedly clever lines.

May 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Predictable-but-sweet romantic comedy.

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The clumsily loaded characterisation not only treats almost every other figure as dispensable, but doesn't even bother to make Meg and Tom properly sympathetic.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Mail may not be as romantic as Sleepless, but it's wittier.

July 21, 2005

A love story destined to be remembered as one of the best of the decade.

November 6, 2002 | Full Review…

Fully-stocked, well-oiled and soulless, You've Got Mail sure feels like a franchise operation -- all that's missing is a greeter and a discount card.

July 12, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for You've Got Mail


Nice 90's rom com. Got to admit, I don't think I could forgive the guy who ran me out of business, let alone love him - but I could be over thinking it. I really liked the little book store too - really cute. Meg Ryan used to do this type of film very well. I have found myself rewatching a few lately, which is odd as I wasn't huge on them when they were first out. Though they are obviously dated now, they are still nice movies and she's very relatable in them.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Very predictable storyline, similar to Sleepless in Seattle - the characters don't know each other but are destined to meet. They chat via email, but don't realise they loathe each other in real life. Good cast. Modern adaptation of shop around the corner.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


I am tackling my demons and attempting a few Rom Coms, this would usually be the type of film I would side step, but I will admit to liking this a little and finding the two sides of the relationship interesting.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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