Pretty Woman


Box office

In its opening weekend, the film was at #1 at the box office, grossing $11,280,591 and averaging $8,513 per theater.[12] Despite it dropping to number two in its second weekend, it grossed more in its second weekend, $12,471,670.[12] It was number one at the box office for four non-consecutive weeks and in the top ten for sixteen weeks.[12] It has grossed $178,406,268 in the United States and $285,000,000 in other countries for a total worldwide gross of $463,406,268.[13] It was also the fourth highest-grossing film of the year in the United States[14] and the third highest-grossing worldwide.[15]

Critical response

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 62% of 55 film critics have given it a positive review, with a rating average of 5.7 out of 10.[16] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives it a score of 51 based on 17 reviews.[17]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a D, stating that the film "starts out as a neo-Pygmalion comedy" and with "its tough-hooker heroine, it can work as a feminist version of an upscale princess fantasy." Gleiberman also said that it "pretends to be about how love transcends money" and that it "is really obsessed with status symbols."[18] On its twentieth anniversary, Gleiberman wrote another article explaining his review, ultimately saying that although he felt he was right, he would have given it a B today.[19] Carina Chocano of The New York Times said that the movie "wasn't a love story, it was a money story. Its logic depended on a disconnect between character and narrative, between image and meaning, between money and value, and that made it not cluelessly traditional but thoroughly postmodern."[20] Phil of stated, "Here comes rich guy and he just decides he wants a prostitute and he gets her and her respect through his power and money. Doesn't hurt that he looks like Richard Gere."[21]


  • Cesar Awards 1991
    • Best Foreign Film
  • 63rd Academy Awards
    • Best Actress - Julia Roberts
  • 48th Golden Globe Awards
    • Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
    • Best Actor - Richard Gere
    • Best Actress - Julia Roberts (won)
    • Best Supporting Actor - Hector Elizondo
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay - J. F. Lawton

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