Stunning rendition of fantasy and romantic projection. Paul Dano has always been one of the best interpreters of his generation and here he shows he can carry a film. His performance is simply beautiful. So his Zoe Kazan's script, which brings a level of nuance and ethical questions that this type of film often neglects. This isn't a rom-com or even a dark comedy, it's a very grounded take on abusive relationships.
The script is well written and the storyline is intriguing. I am usually not really keen on romantic films due to its unrealistic rendition of relationship. And even though this film is not really realistic too (in terms of Ruby Sparks herself), I must say that this is my favorite romantic comedy film ever.
This feels like a cross between (500) Days of Summer and what I'm pretty sure Her is going to be. Zoe Kazan is a doll and Bening and Banderas were great in their supporting roles. Ruby Sparks felt like it lost something in the last act but overall not bad.
A very nice second act, but a poorly made first and third act killed it. Two stars for the good idea and not much else. I really like Paul Dano but he overacted everywhere. Thinking of it, I can't remember any movies about writers that I really like. Cinematic writer's block always seems so fucking dumb.
"...And the thing we do to each other, where we try to box around the other person - because loving someone with a free will is terrifying. So we try to bring them down to size, so that they're digestible, and so they're not so frightening to us..." (http://tiny.cc/et2yhw)
It has a lot going for it. The idea itself I think is brilliant. Reminds me of something like Solaris. And like someone below said, the second act was really effective. The first half was OK too, albeit a bit slow. The last third of the movie felt like a different movie altogether, and that ending was just sloppy; everything that came before that -- the movie, it didn't earn that kind of ending. Such a shame.
Here's an inspired idea that could've been great fun but is ruined by the dead serious execution. Sure, there are actual good scenes that function like a screwball comedy but the overall package can't save itself from the poor writing. Sorry, Zoe. Stick to acting. You could almost say this is The Raven of Indie movies this year.