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?
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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.