[National Review Online, June 26, 2005]
Screenwriter Nora Ephron has a distinctive touch: "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993), and "You've Got Mail" (1998) all display a common sophisticated, if not neurotic, sense of humor. Woody Allen does something similar, but Ephron beats him at the character-development game, and dithery, double-taking Meg Ryan made these roles shine. A sourpuss could say that her wide-eyed wondering is contrived and overly sweet, but most of us find her pretty hard not to watch. She's just plain appealing.