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Isn't She Great Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
Variety
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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
The filmmakers don't know what to make of their overblown subject.
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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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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Leaves an unintentional unpleasant aftertaste.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
The 'She' in the comedy Isn't She Great is Jacqueline Susann, and the joke is that she isn't.
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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.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A sluggish, joyless attempt at comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Isn't She Great is an oxymoron.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
A surprisingly warm and engaging entertainment.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Burt Bacharach is an inspired, period-perfect choice to compose the film's score, which deftly echoes the music, and in particular, the theme song of the Valley of the Dolls movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
If you're looking for laughs, give Valley of the Dolls another read instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The script plays like a series of sketches, some too thin and some broadly overdone.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Lane's sweetness, his naughty wiliness and his dapper charm all make his performance wonderful to watch.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Amusing, light entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A disappointingly small effort.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Colorful and fun and has some good laughs.
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A wannabe satire shackled by misplaced reverence.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
What's not there is the ability to stitch together the light tone of screwball comedy with the uncomfortable business of real biography.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.