When millionaire wheeler-dealer Edward Lewis enters a business contract with Hollywood hooker Vivian Ward, he loses his heart in the bargain in this charming romantic comedy. After Edward hires Vivian as his date for a week and gives her a Cinderella makeover, she returns the favor by mellowing the hardnosed Show more... tycoon's outlook. Can the poor prostitute and the rich capitalist live happily ever after?
Richard Corliss This is old-fashioned, assembly-line moviemaking without the old panache.
Variety Staff Pic's casting is astute, with Gere underplaying like a sturdy ballet star who hoists the ballerina Roberts on his shoulders.
Jonathan Rosenbaum He pays her $3,000 and they fall in love -- ain't Hollywood grand?
Desson Thomson A slick, instantly and entertainingly digestible Cinderella fable.
Rita Kempley Pretty Woman seduces all but the most wary.
John Hartl As shamelessly irresistible as the Roy Orbison oldie that accompanies the credits.