• PG-13, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Curtis Hanson
    In Theaters:
    Oct 7, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 31, 2006
  • 20th Century Fox

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In Her Shoes Reviews

Amy Simmons
Time Out
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Considering it doesn't star Maggie Smith or Judi Dench, it's surprising how mature and moving this female-focused drama is.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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I think one reason this movie is so appealing is that it's the anti-Sex and the City-its earnestness and relative lack of rank bawdiness or cynicism seem novel in the present pop-culture atmosphere.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 9, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The movie gets much, much better as it goes along.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 20, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Very well written. All the supporting performances are good.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 11, 2005
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Although In Her Shoes aims to rub along, with that scuffed worldliness which Hanson has made his own, it keeps bumping into the archness of the romantic-domestic genre.

October 11, 2005
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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It's a rare film that requires a trash-talking best friend and a lively, smart-mouthed, comically blunt little old lady to liven things up. It's an even rarer film that can't be helped by either one.

Full Review Source: AV Club

October 8, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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There'd be nothing wrong with this if the film 'fessed up to its kitschy soul. Instead, it pretends to be the high-minded drama it's not.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 7, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Forsaking all art and subtlety, something he used to display in abundance, Hanson has chosen to adapt a Jennifer Weiner novel that is so light, it should come with weights attached to keep it from floating away.

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

October 7, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Collette's performance is so full of juice and the beneficiary of good dialogue that Diaz's may end up being underrated.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 7, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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In Her Shoes is aimed squarely at a demographic -- grown-up women -- who aren't often catered to by Hollywood, and it's competent and sometimes charming. But there's a soap-opera blandness to it that even the gifted cast can't overcome.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The characters seem authentic -- until the chick-flick template distorts them.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Try on these Shoes. Even if you don't like the style, you will love where they take you.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A genuinely heartfelt look at sibling rivalry, and the bonds (and battles) that sisters are heir to.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Schmaltzy, but reasonably entertaining.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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In Her Shoes may be corny, but its tenderness is genuine, and the movie's affection for its characters is awfully contagious.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Never lurked a Chick Flick that looked fairer on the urge to talk things out. Never lurked one with a smarter cast or a more cluttered screenplay, full of mirth and sorrow.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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A bungled mess that spends an hour creating two characters whose lives are about as believable as a successful ambush set by Wile E. Coyote for the Road Runner.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A clunky flick that doesn't think at all, and ends up aping the worst traits of both siblings: Far too big and way too shallow, it's a bloated lightweight of a movie.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It would be a terrible shame if half the population didn't see it because the film was labeled unjustly.

| Original Score: 4/4

October 7, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's a chick flick for non-chicks too, one of those movies that makes you laugh and cry and leaves you feeling satisfied and drained and vaguely embarrassed for having such a good time.

| Original Score: A-

October 7, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It's difficult to think of a Hanson film in which the performances are wanting, and Shoes is no exception.

| Original Score: B

October 7, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Hanson and his three leading ladies have given us the gift of a finely crafted movie full of humbling and humorous truths.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Entertaining enough, but it's more pat than provocative -- this is what makes it a bona fide audience pleaser while keeping it from drawing real blood.

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

October 7, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The movie works neither as a comedy nor as a lame melodrama -- its entertainment value is embarrassingly feeble.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 6, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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In Her Shoes treats love like a pretty accessory to be stored in a plastic box and shoved in the back of a closet when it proves impractical.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 6, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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It ultimately emerges as a movie of warmth, wit and wisdom.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

October 6, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The movie is funny, but there's an undercurrent of genuine feeling.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Curtis Hanson wrests a richly textured story of love from Jennifer Weiner's breezy bestselling fiction about two sisters engaged in an epic battle of the heart.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 6, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Imagine Sex and the City negotiating Terms of Endearment with The Golden Girls.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 6, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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This marvelous, up-with-the-lark movie stays sunny all day, with wit and intelligence to spare.

October 6, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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No great claims should be made for In Her Shoes. But there is something to be said for froth when it's expertly whipped.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

October 6, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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As it was winding down, I remember thinking I wasn't ready for this movie to end. These were people I liked, and I wasn't ready to give them up.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 6, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's Hanson's astute directing that makes the film's life lessons go down painlessly, turning the smartly entertaining In Her Shoes into a comfy fit for both sexes.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 6, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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You can see that some of the stuff on the screen might have actually worked in print, especially for a certain audience. But so much more is gooey and lazy and just not especially smart.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

October 6, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If movies were scratch-and-sniff, In Her Shoes would be a cloying blend of patent leather, melon lip-gloss and potpourri sachets.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2005
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Classy junk.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 6, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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In Her Shoes doesn't leave much to subtlety or chance, but MacLaine, the one-time gamine, proves she is not just a star. She's an actress.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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A saggy, baggy monster whose mood swings and personality tics spill over in unrelenting gushes.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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In Her Shoes starts out with the materials of an ordinary movie and becomes a rather special one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 6, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Do you like shoes? False sentimentality? Something that mistakes generalizations for insight? Then In Her Shoes is the film for you.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 5, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Will MacLaine grab an Oscar nomination in the Supporting Actress category with her bare teeth? You have to ask?

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

October 5, 2005
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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We crave more of the rapid slang and secret code that, by excluding us, creates intimacy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 4, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The actors are all on their game, especially the three stars, and Hanson never lets the movie bog down in sentimentality.

September 15, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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While for many guys it will take a woman they're really, really interested in to drag them to this sort of high class soap opera, women and more emotionally flexible men should have little trouble becoming involved in this tale of sisterly love/hate.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 15, 2005
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