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Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

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25

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 120

This middling romantic comedy underutilizes a talented cast and delivers muddled messages on materialism and conspicuous consumption.

12

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 38

This middling romantic comedy underutilizes a talented cast and delivers muddled messages on materialism and conspicuous consumption.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 291,202

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Movie Info

A Manhattan shopaholic (Isla Fisher) whose buying sprees have buried her in immense debt lands a columnist gig dishing out financial advice in this Touchstone comedy based on Sophie Kinsella's series of books. P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding) directs, with producing duties being handled by Jerry Bruckheimer. Rebecca Bloomwood (Fisher) can't seem to break her habit for making impulsive purchases, and while she's always decked out in the latest styles, her credit card bills are as thick as a

PG,

Drama, Comedy

Tim Firth, Tracey Jackson

Jun 23, 2009

$44.2M

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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (120) | DVD (19)

If you want gritty realism, see an arthouse movie. Or shop in a pound store. As journalist Rebecca, Isla Fisher is silly and adorable - just like this adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's novel.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Here [Fisher] is giving it everything she's got and it's just not enough.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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This is a movie that is warning us against the dangers of being slaves to labels while at the same time celebrating those same designer brands.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Isla Fisher is such a bundle of comic energy that watching her spin her wheels in the aggressively unfunny Confessions of a Shopaholic counts as cruel and unusual punishment -- for her as well as for us.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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[T]his adaptation is really just about buying the 'brand,' and--like the retailers in the film--selling America something it already had.

February 14, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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The production renders totally irrelevant all hopes for a well-made movie. It's one of those ragged, pandemonious studio comedies that hammers at plot points in every contrived scene.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Cinematic impulse buy that sparkles through its 100 minutes.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A disappointing comedy, out of synch with the zeitgeist

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

an exceedingly safe movie, which can serve as entertainment for the first date crowd or the couple who has been happily married for years

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

If you are willing to turn your brain off, Fisher makes the film very watchable, but it's core message over materialism and financial stupidity are confused and the film lacks just that few more laughs to tip it above mediocrity.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This is a film that couldn't buy a positive female character if there was a barrel full on clearance at Bloomies.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Charm can go a long way in making a film. Or, in the case of Confessions of a Shopaholic, the charm of Isla Fisher makes the film bearable.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Even without the bad timing %u2013 a paean to debt and excess released a few months after the world's biggest financial meltdown since the 1920s %u2013 it still would not have worked.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Hollywood likes nothing more than having its cake and eating it too, which explains the confusions of P.J. Hogan's Confessions of a Shopaholic. [Blu-ray]

July 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Doesn't operate on a level of logic, being the fantasy that it is, but the enthusiasm of its star and the color dynamics of its lush parade of fashion makes it a solid must see for the teenage girl crowd.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

...a typically dumbed-down mainstream romantic comedy...

June 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Not only a comical view of a shopaholic, but an educational one too.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
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May 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

This sweet and endearing fashionista fairy tale is just what the doctor ordered to take our minds off the current economic crisis.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

...a much better film than might be expected, even if it turns out to be as superficial as this season's scarf or handbag.

March 18, 2009

Has nowhere to go but to the bargain basement when not shopping for Gucci.

March 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film serves as a defense of beauty in the face of moralism, a theme that can never go stale.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Fisher is a good physical comedian, but gee, could anyone be this dumb?

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Even if you enjoy rom-coms, you'll be struggling to find more than two mild chuckles in this waste of time and celluloid.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Fisher is wonderful for much of this movie, despite some of the irksome material shoved her way.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

There is no denying Isla Fisher's charm on screen, even when faced with the direst of characters. And she puts a lot of effort into making Rebecca work, you have to grant her that.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Confessions of a Shopaholic

I don't like the term 'Chick-flick' so I'm not going to use it. I suggest those who both use the term and like this film are as brain dead as the writers behind it. The message here is completely lost as addiction (which is a serious issue), debt (which is a serious issue) and being stupid (which is a serious issue) are all laughed at and handled irresponsibly. Seriously though, this is quite bad taste considering the times we live in, there is nothing 'cute' or 'adorable' about consumerism, addiction or selfishness. The fact that our protagonist is then rewarded for her bad behaviour only helps dilute what was left of any kind of moral. Truly awful stuff and insulting towards women (although puzzling as it is I never seem to hear Women complain about it - which only makes me hate it more).
January 8, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Funny rom com about a hopeless shopaholic who has to get a job at a savings magazine to pay for her shopping sprees. She is being chased by a debt collector and her bestfriend makes her go to therapy. She should have everything but loses it all as she is outted as a fraud on national TV. When she is really low - no job, no money, no bestfriend, no love, she finds out what is most important. It all turns out in the end. I love the way the mannequins talk to her. Every shopaholic can relate to her situation. Good cast.
March 17, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Nothing of great merit but still an enjoyable feel good comedy that comes at being a shopaholic from a different angle. Entertaining, predictable and attempts to be heartfelt, this film follows the same scripture as almost every other young romantic comedy. Peppered with some big names with acting above the usual standards of the genre, I must say this is definitely not the worst of its type I have seen but still would have to go just a little bit further to be considered anything better than good. Some AMAZING shoes in it though!
September 24, 2011
theunknownhobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC was like a chick flick gone terrible. I can admit that I do enjoy some chick flicks (such as SWEET HOME ALABAMA and JUST GO WITH IT), but this was one of those, "OMG! It's SHOPPING day! We gotta get down and PARTY girls! Let's go to the MALL!"-type of movies. Is that really your type of movie? Even if you are a "shopaholic" (quote-unquote) yourself, it just appears stupid to waste a whole hour and forty-four minutes of your life watching a stupid chick show that she CLEARLY doesn't know how to handle her money, along with keeping away from her ex-boyfriend ("'cause OMG! He's such a stalkerrrrr").
September 13, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

    1. Rebecca Bloomwood: They said I was a valued customer. Now they send me hate mail.
    – Submitted by Nikita W (21 months ago)
    1. Rebecca Bloomwood: You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that's what it's like when I see a store. Only it's better.
    – Submitted by Ravi Teja E (22 months ago)
    1. Luke Brandon: You sold all your clothes and you kept that.
    – Submitted by Caitlin B (2 years ago)
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