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Isn't She Great Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Midler's character is empty, boring, selfish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Emanuel Levy
December 14, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Every joke and every scene collapses and blows away before it's finished.
James Sanford
James Sanford on Film
June 10, 2002
gives its heroine all the rough edges of a throw pillow... Susann couldn't write sentiment convincingly and neither can Rudnick.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
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.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
The movie's supporting characters are barely worth notice.
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Jan Stuart
January 1, 2000
Neither Midler nor director Bergman are able to navigate the queasy shifts from camp cartoon to bathos, as Susann sputters in denial over her cancer and autistic son.
Dave Kehr
January 1, 2000
Bergman, whose comic timing can be brilliant, is way off his game this time.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
Isn't She Great is a fatal blend of soppy bathos and wacky humor.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Probably a bad idea from the beginning, and nothing in this movie convinces us otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The movie is a stinker, but it's not an enjoyable stinker.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A disappointingly small effort.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Isn't She Great is so bland and sentimental, it makes trash seem boring.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Only funny if you enjoy going out and paying for the kind of comedy writing you can stay at home and get free on sitcoms.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
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.
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
'Great' is unlikely the word to come to the mind of audiences in regards to author Jacqueline Susann after seeing her depiction here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
A rather cartoonish biopic of struggling-actress-turned-trashy-writer Jacqueline Susann.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
January 1, 2000
The casting of Midler is even more inappropriate, like serving ham during Passover.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
In an ideal world, Isn't She Great would have been a theater piece.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Decidedly unfunny and sporadic mess of a film.
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