Shrink (2009)



Critic Consensus: Kevin Spacey's performance is almost sharp enough to save this Hollywood dramedy from itself, but in the end, he's dragged down by a cliched script and indifferent direction.

Movie Info

What happens when the people we count on to hold us together are barely holding it together themselves? Jonas Pate's Shrink is a striking, fast-paced exposť of the "other" Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their comfort zone and the people who put them there.Henry Carter is a psychiatrist with an A-list clientele, including a once-famous actress, an insecure young writer, and a comically obsessive-compulsive super-agent. Henry is not in a good place, however. He has been asked to take … More

Rating: R (for drug content throughout,and pervasive language including some sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Moffett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 29, 2009
Box Office: $93.2k
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as Henry Carter

as Patrick

as Shamus

as Daisy

as Dr. Robert Carter
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Critic Reviews for Shrink

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (29)

Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward, and when those sparks emanate from a doobie clutched by Kevin Spacey, a smug critique of the American dream is sure to follow.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

I'm not his manager, but I wonder if Kevin Spacey would profit from laying off the sardonic, disaffected, emotionally numb characters for a while. They're criminally easy for him at this point in his career.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The characters are so flatly conceived and their dilemmas so familiar that you wonder if the filmmakers even aspired to be original. Luckily, Kevin Spacey plays Carter with scene-saving grace.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

There really was a much better comedy here than melodrama.

July 31, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Some of the humor is delicious. And there are a few fine moments of truth and pathos, most of them addressing a subset of grief often ignored on film.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

No one knows why bad things happen to good people. But we do know why bad things happen to good film ideas. They get ruined by poor scripts and indifferent direction.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Shrink

Too much crowd, but almost everyone did right to their part, without which it'd have been a challenge to watch the movie.

In the wake of my conscience (BTW, did I ever tell you that it exists??), I couldn't help myself leaving this comment without mentioning that Kevin Spacey was, as usual, incredible.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Keke Palmer, Jack Huston, Saffron Burrows, Mark Webber, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Pell James, Andrew Sibner, Robin Williams, Laura Ramsey, Robert Loggia, Jesse Plemons, Gore Vidal, Derek Alvarado

Director: Jonas Pate

Summary: In the wake of a personal tragedy, Hollywood's psychiatrist to the stars (Kevin Spacey) devolves into a slovenly pothead and worries he's become incapable of helping his patients in this sharp indie drama that premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

My Thoughts: "Another great film with another great performance by Kevin Spacey. It's a film about death, grief and the way it effects the people that are left behind to mourn. In this film it shows it in a couple of ways. But it is mostly about a man (Spacey) who is having problems coming to terms with his wife's suicide. Feeling guilt and extreme grief he starts self medicating himself with marijuana. It's also a look at how Hollywood stars deal with the pressure of their stardom. I was surprised to see Robin Williams portray a character who is so close to his real persona. Keke Palmer did very well in this as well. You certainly felt bad for her character and her loss. I have never seen her act before and thought she did her character justice. She gave a very natural performance which made the character real and believable. Great script and performances by all. Definitely worth the watch, especially if your a fan of Kevin Spacey like I am.."


Super Reviewer

Kevin Spacey is brilliant in this role. He never fails to bring such great characters to life and he shined in this one. It's a hard subject to bring out, but the film was pretty raw and beautiful, and captured the heart of everyone well.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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