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Shrink (2009)

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29

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 45

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.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 23

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.

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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 exposé 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

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Drama, Comedy

Thomas Moffett

Sep 29, 2009

$93.2k

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (45) | DVD (4)

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.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There really was a much better comedy here than melodrama.

July 31, 2009
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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.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The film, expertly played by actors who look as if they know exactly what they are talking about, is a bit like a voyeur's view of the Hollywood we only hear about in scandal sheets.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Shrink neatly intertwines the lives of the leading characters in a manner reminiscent of Robert Altman's Short Cuts but without that film's haunting poignancy.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A limply-organised multi-story snoozefest from Jonas Pate.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Though it dwells on the seamier side of showbiz -- a seedy, pill-popping actor and a slutty casting-couch actress turn up in subplots -- it ultimately buys into the fantasy land it had started out debunking.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Blackly funny but never as vicious as it clearly wants to be, this rather nihilistic look at modern society keeps us hooked with desperate and lost characters who all have a whiff of soulful humanity.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Sharp and edgy but with a touching warmth, this satire piques the heart as well as the funny bone.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Throw it in the shark tank with Crash, Grand Canyon, Magnolia, etc.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Shrink has fine acting, intriguing characters and moments of humor and pathos, but I left the theater feeling a bit cheated.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

It's an impressively convoluted piece of writing, but it loses it shine when it becomes clear that neither Moffett nor Pate know where they are going with these stories

October 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's another Los Angeles movie that is alternately self-congratulatory and self-pitying...

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source: MSN.com | Comment (1)
MSN.com

Though a little too interconnected when it comes to narrative coincidences, the emotional intensity laced with deliciously dark humor and nasty neo-screwball wit, outweighs the gimmickry.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

[The characters'] fates, naturally, intertwine, with a resolution that could only occur in Hollywood.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

As all of Shrink's seemingly disparate stories begin to fall too cleverly into each other, it's easy to be distracted by some fine performances.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Spacey is mesmerizing as the "compassion fatigued" Carter. The pain and anger of his character are palpable, as is his heart-wrenching frustration.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Comment (1)
Beliefnet

Shrink reminds us why Kevin Spacey matters.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

...ultimately less successful as a fully-realized drama than as a showcase for its myriad of talented actors.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The performances will hold your attention -- Dallas Roberts is particularly manic and fetching in his role -- and the inside-Hollywood setting is a bit of a guilty pleasure.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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.
August 20, 2011
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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.."
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