• PG, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    P.J. Hogan
    In Theaters:
    Feb 13, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 23, 2009
  • Walt Disney Studios

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Confessions of a Shopaholic Reviews

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

February 25, 2009
Nina Caplan
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

February 19, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Here [Fisher] is giving it everything she's got and it's just not enough.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

February 17, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

February 17, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

February 17, 2009
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

February 14, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 13, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Not only is it an unfunny movie shrilly told, it probably is the most ill-timed and appallingly insulting movie in recent memory.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

February 13, 2009
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It's very hard to watch a wild-eyed woman engage in an orgy of avarice using a fan of maxed-out cards when so many have lost so much - even if there is a message within the madness, that fiscal responsibility is the true key to happiness.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 13, 2009
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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Could there be a worse time to revisit the indulgences of the '00s?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 13, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Note to would-be financial journalists: No one cares about your personal musings. Not even at Portfolio.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

February 13, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Here we are, only nine months after the Sex and the City movie, and an obsessive spender with an overstuffed closet -and credit card bills to match- no longer seems quite so cute.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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There is so much wrong with Confessions of a Shopaholic -- timing, execution, resolution and moral stance, to name a few -- that it's hard to know where to begin.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

February 13, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It was hard to shake the worry that a fizzy comedy about debt would be about as wrong for our current woes as uncorking a bottle of champagne. Confessions is definitely slight.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 13, 2009
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Too bad. It could have been more, and its audience deserves better.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

February 13, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Put this one back on the shelf, and walk away.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 13, 2009
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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If there is a single bright spot in the financial crisis, it is the possibility that one day producer Jerry Bruckheimer will run out of money.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 13, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Strains far too hard for comedy that seldom erupts with full force and inevitably betrays a free-spending mindset that now feels gone with the wind.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 13, 2009
John Anderson
Newsday
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Isla Fisher is carrying this often stylish comedy on her Prada-upholstered back.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

February 13, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Like the flailing American economy, Confessions of a Shopaholic wants to eat its cake and have its spiritual redemption too. (Talk about timing!)

| Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

February 13, 2009
Thomas Rogers
Salon.com
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A loud, garish and very untimely romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 12, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Though you might wonder whether there's room in a movie marketplace that already feels overstocked with romantic comedies, Confessions of a Shopaholic arrives fashionably late and dressed to kill.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 12, 2009
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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"Coraline" is more grounded in reality.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 1/5

February 12, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Confessions is no more than a painless time-waster. But the beguiling Fisher is well worth the investment.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2/4

February 12, 2009
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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With any luck Confessions will end up as a tipping point, signaling the moment that women finally stopped paying to see themselves look stupid on screen. That would be quite a bargain.

| Original Score: 1/4

February 12, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Overall Shopaholic seems to be standing in an empty station, waving a futile hand at a train long gone.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 12, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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If you spin out the unintended analogy of Confessions of a Shopaholic to the current financial crisis, the film starts to mutate from a not-that-funny comedy into a tragic allegory.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 12, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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I didn't much like Shopaholic, but, boy, did Fisher make me laugh.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

February 12, 2009
Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Had Confessions been truer to its chick-lit novel inspiration, the movie could have been fizzily enjoyable instead of sickening.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 12, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Fantasy here usually comes at reality's expense.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 12, 2009
John Anderson
Washington Post
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Rebecca is the Lucy Ricardo of profligate spending.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 12, 2009
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Fisher makes for a winning Cinderella, but by its third act, this hokey, old-fashioned vehicle turns back into a pumpkin.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

February 12, 2009
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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I did not know that mannequins in Manhattan store windows could actually talk. I did not find their performance in the least wooden.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

February 12, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The plotting is on automatic pilot. It needs Chesley B. Sullenberger III.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 12, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Part shopping fantasy, part cautionary debt tale and all chick flick, Confessions of a Shopaholic is like Sex and the City with a lower IQ.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2009
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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The packaging is appealing, but the previously owned contents are flimsy.

February 11, 2009
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Bad timing is merely one of this rom-com's lesser problems; the abundance of wasted talent on display is an even bigger concern.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

February 11, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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There really is no appropriate moment for a shrill onslaught that perpetuates the worst stereotypes about female materialism.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 11, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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From its talking storewindow mannequins to its sneaky debauched heroine, the movie is romantic-comedy fizz, but it's fizz that bubbles like champagne.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

February 11, 2009
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I can't really recommend this movie in these perilous times, except for viewers in search of a nostalgic chuckle or two.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

February 11, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A dizzy and chic chick picture for our times, this hit-or-miss comedy is about the perils of conspicuous consumption, the void that shopping fills in some souls.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Confessions of a Shopaholic plays like both a supremely outmoded chick-lit adaptation and an outrageously obscene gesture as the economy continues to swallow up livelihoods, homes, and hope.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 10, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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If the movie didn't pander so madly to the audience for Sex and the City and Legally Blonde, it might have been a comedy touchstone instead of a cringeworthy footnote.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

February 9, 2009
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