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Isn't She Great (2000)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 46

Bland material produces entirely forgettable comic performances.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 18

Bland material produces entirely forgettable comic performances.



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Jacqueline Susann spent a long career on the edges of show business as an actress and model, but it never really paid off until she quit acting to write her first novel. Valley of the Dolls was a proudly sleazy potboiler that sold 26 million copies and had readers wondering which characters matched up to which real-life show-biz figures. Susann wrote several other successful novels, but fame and fortune didn't make her life any less tumultuous; she had well-publicized problems with drugs and


Drama, Comedy

Paul Rudnick

Jul 18, 2000

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The most notable aspect of this trashy (but unenjoyable) biopic of Jacquleine Susann, Valley of the Doll's best-selling author, is its running time (93 minutes); Bette Midler and Nathan Lane give two of their worst and broadest performances.

December 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Colorful and fun and has some good laughs.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The movie is a stinker, but it's not an enjoyable stinker.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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The filmmakers don't know what to make of their overblown subject.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Here is a movie that needed great trash, great sex and great gossip, and at all the crucial moments Susann is talking to a tree.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A surprisingly warm and engaging entertainment.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Midler's character is empty, boring, selfish.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Every joke and every scene collapses and blows away before it's finished.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

gives its heroine all the rough edges of a throw pillow... Susann couldn't write sentiment convincingly and neither can Rudnick.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

Jacqueline Susann has not been brought back to life by Isn't She Great. Nor has Bette Midler, acting her, returned to life as a film star.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

The movie's supporting characters are barely worth notice.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Bergman, whose comic timing can be brilliant, is way off his game this time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Isn't She Great is a fatal blend of soppy bathos and wacky humor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Probably a bad idea from the beginning, and nothing in this movie convinces us otherwise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

By the end, it's frustratingly clear that everyone involved wanted to avoid sending any audience member home feeling bad or thinking that Susann, or at least Midler, was anything but great.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

'Great' is unlikely the word to come to the mind of audiences in regards to author Jacqueline Susann after seeing her depiction here.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A rather cartoonish biopic of struggling-actress-turned-trashy-writer Jacqueline Susann.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The casting of Midler is even more inappropriate, like serving ham during Passover.

January 1, 2000
New Times

In an ideal world, Isn't She Great would have been a theater piece.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Decidedly unfunny and sporadic mess of a film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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Audience Reviews for Isn't She Great

Interesting for the pop culture history but otherwise not so great.
March 14, 2009

Super Reviewer

Not the screaming camp-fest I expected. Most of the time I was feeling really bad for Jaquie. The best scene was when she cracked it at God.
March 16, 2007

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