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Ellie Parker (2005)


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Despite some poignant commentary about struggling actors and Naomi Watts' inspired performance, Ellie Parker stutters in making the transition from short to feature length.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: Despite some poignant commentary about struggling actors and Naomi Watts' inspired performance, Ellie Parker stutters in making the transition from short to feature length.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 5,862




Movie Info

Naomi Watts produces and stars in Ellie Parker, a semi-autobiographical story of an Australian actress struggling to make it in Hollywood. Ellie is young enough to still schlep to auditions back and forth across L.A., changing wardrobes and slapping on makeup en route, but just old enough that the future feels "more like a threat than a promise." She lives with her vacant musician boyfriend (Mark Pellegrino), who leaves her just about as dissatisfied as any other part of her life, and has a … More

Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Scott Coffey
In Theaters:
Apr 11, 2006
Strand Releasing - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Ellie Parker

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (23) | DVD (8)

Like a sputtering career, Ellie Parker pretty much goes nowhere, and it's difficult to imagine that it would be of interest to many beyond the Hollywood community.

Full Review… | March 15, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The picture looks cheap and feels stretched.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Eventually the energy of the original short runs out and the movie coasts on fumes, but it remains surprisingly enjoyable for all that.

Full Review… | December 17, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The premise -- someone trying to inject meaning into a necessarily vacuous existence -- is depressing, but there are moments of vaguely uncomfortable hilarity. The whole endeavor, however, winds up feeling flat and a bit dull.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is the movie they should show in college acting classes, instead of tapes of Inside the Actors' Studio.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[Watts'] performance carries this film.

Full Review… | November 29, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

No one doubts Naomi Watts is photogenic, but this effort is very hard to sit through. Nearly impossible.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009

There's barely any redeeming features to note, including Watts who is just at her worst.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Watts fans will, of course, want to see Ellie Parker regardless of what I or anyone else say about it.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Game for almost anything, Watts displays serious comic chops and is, as always, a delight to watch.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Enjoyable comedy with several laugh-out-loud moments and a terrific performance from Naomi Watts.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006

O que falta de estilo ao filme é compensado por uma atuação corajosa, despojada e impressionante de Naomi Watts.

May 3, 2006
Cinema em Cena

If you're considering a move to L.A. to pursue an acting career, this is your Scared Straight.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006

...the stretch to feature length hasn't done the material any favors.

Full Review… | February 21, 2006
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

There's no question that what makes "Ellie Parker" work is the continued presence of Naomi Watts, a great film actress whether her film's budget is $187,000 or $187 million.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Ellie isn't a particularly likable character, but thanks to Watts she's an imminently watchable one. In many ways this is a daring, unforgiving performance.

Full Review… | January 13, 2006
Kansas City Star

While the material wears thin, every minute of this film is a tour-de-force performance.

Full Review… | December 14, 2005

Ellie Parker has little to recommend it other than Watts' mercurial performance.

Full Review… | December 11, 2005
Austin Chronicle

Even if Watts makes it almost watchable, the ugly cinematography is too much of an eye strain to endure for such a thin and uninteresting story.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Internet Reviews

Some films can make the leap from successful short film to a feature movie, and some just come up short.

Full Review… | December 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Ellie Parker


Really entertaining, experimental piece of work with a beyond good performance by Naomi Watts.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


Shot piecemeal over around five years, Ellie Parker is a pseudo-biographical account of one actress' attempts to 'make it' in the movie world.
Naomi Watts is our tragic heroine here, again turning in a superbly real performance, most tellingly in that before David Lynch had the insightfulness to grant her the lead in Mulholland Drive, most of Parker WAS her life. Unlike her 'pro-creativity' best friend, Parker is a method actress, requiring her to put herself through abject trauma in order to land herself a role. This aspect of the storytelling is the lynchpin for the movie's plot, highlighting not only the difficulty of balancing life and art, but also the poisonous nature of Hollywood, an industry that profits from people's pain.
In this regard, the film is also funnier than you'd expect, seeing Watts changing clothes and perfecting accents for trashy roles whilst driving to casting auditions!
Coupled with this are her unreliably moronic boyfriend and fling with a 'hot-shot' producer, which serve to make Parker's life worse, which of course conversely helps her acting!
Perhaps the best satire since The Player, and a decent comparion piece to the mighty Mulholland Drive.

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]There are many actors who pass through Hollywood without becoming stars or making much of an impact. To think if it had not been for the unique trajectory of "Mullholland Drive," Naomi Watts might have been one of them, despite her great talent. In "Ellie Parker," Watts plays the title character, a struggling Australian actress, constantly driving from audition to audition in Hollywood, until she finds her musician boyfriend(Mark Pellegrino) in bed with another woman, followed by her being involved in a fender bender.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]I have a great deal of empathy for struggling actors as events in "Ellie Parker" remind me of when I was unemployed and going to interviews non-stop. Ellie has an interesting pathology of not being comfortable in her own skin which might explain her wanting to be an actress and occasionally dressing up for auditions but there is not much depth or story in the film. It is odd that Ellie has no visible means of support(she does not have a day job like her friend, Sam(Rebecca Rigg)). And a star vehicle such as this can only make a modest production which was shot on digital video rather unwieldy.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


An extremely uncomfortable movie-going experience. I would never watch it again. But Naomi Watts kept my interest in a truly brave performance. Apparently this was supposed to be funny? I think I smiled twice. It's not that dramatic or eventful either. The best way to describe this is "uncomfortable."

Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

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