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Garry Marshall
Director, Pretty Woman (1990)
The first thing you should know about it is that it was directed by a man who became famous for doing the impossible - namely lowering the intellectual level of the television sitcom. This romantic comedy will do nothing to tarnish his reputation as a shlockmeister par excellence. It is the very model of the slick, formulaic contemporary star vehicle, the sort of glossy, diverting, outrageously synthetic picture that nobody involved could possibly take seriously, a picture whose every last line feels as if it has been test-marketed. Next to Marshall, Steven Spielberg is an Italian neo-realist.
(Bruce Bawer, American Spectator)
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