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Little Black Book (2004)

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21

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 87

An obnoxious, awkward mix of romantic comedy and reality show satire.

15

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 29

An obnoxious, awkward mix of romantic comedy and reality show satire.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 65,467

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Movie Info

Directed by Nick Hurran, Little Black Book follows Stacy (Brittany Murphy), an associate producer of a popular daytime talk show starring Kippie Kann (Kathy Bates), as she tries to figure out the root of her boyfriend's (Ron Livingston) commitment-phobic nature. Rather than continue to fruitlessly question Derek (Livingston) regarding his slew of failed relationships, Stacy sneaks into his Palm Pilot and begins interviewing his ex-girlfriends under the pretense of gathering information for a

PG-13,

Comedy

Elisa Bell, Melissa Carter

Jan 4, 2005

$20.4M

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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (87) | DVD (14)

[O]ne of the worst romantic comedies of this or probably any other year.

August 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It's no fun to side with Murphy's mean-spirited paranoiac, so we're soon rooting for the gynecologist to uncover a venereal disease, or for the chef to whip up some salmonella, or even for that Palm cradle to fall into the bathtub.

August 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's not well scripted enough or well acted enough to do much of anything, save make anyone watching really hate Brittany Murphy for being so annoying and so incredibly unlikely as a cute twenty-something Diane Sawyer wannabe.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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If you think it's worth it to sit there for 97 minutes for three or possibly four laughs, then you are beyond help.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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If it's hard to like the message and the characters in this movie, it's even harder to like the acting, though the casting is strong.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A dud, mostly serving to remind us of the other, better movies that it wants to be when it grows up.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A romance-free, comedy-free romantic comedy.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

I just have managed to develop a hatred for all things involving Murphy, and this almost made me develop a hatred for Carly Simon.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Um filme pouco apreciado que, acredito, ganhará popularidade com o passar do tempo, já que é infinitamente mais inteligente e ambicioso do que sugere sua superfície.

April 25, 2005
Cinema em Cena

It's virtually impossible to root for a protagonist so shamelessly duplicitous.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

With digital do-it-yourself precision prying now, it may be not be how far you can go, but how much do you really want to know?

November 2, 2004
WBAI Web Radio

We are drilled again and again in how much we should hate all of these characters.

September 15, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Sloppy, unpleasant...one book best left on the shelf.

August 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The film is very funny and has many twists and turns as Stacy interacts with 3 ex-girlfriends.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

The cinematic equivalent of chic lit -- mildly amusing, but completely forgettable once you're done with it.

August 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Focus on the excellent performances by Holly Hunter and Julianne Nicholson, the primary reasons this mean-spirited comedy can be tolerated at all.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Promoted and apparently conceived as a romantic comedy, the film is neither very comedic, nor even slightly romantic.

August 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A romantic comedy without much romance and even less comedy.

August 11, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Little Black Book has more in common with Sweet Smell of Success than When Harry Met Sally.

August 10, 2004 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The first and last quarters show real ambition. It's the middle hour that's a drag.

August 10, 2004 Full Review

[T]he film itself isn't really a romantic comedy because there's no romance in it. Rather it's the antithesis of a romantic comedy.

August 10, 2004 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A silly but fun chick flick with a great ending.

August 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Beaumont Journal

The comedy veering into drama isn't smooth but with Murphy as the focus it works

August 8, 2004 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

Setting out to make observations about relationships and America's obsession with rooting through the private lives of others, it ends up settling for a few cheap laughs.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Little Black Book

I don't know why so many people on this site have said this movie was rubbish, it led me to wonder if i had watched the same film as everyone! Little black Book is one of those rare movies that really touches you. The ending is simply superb and I did not see it coming. The concluding scene was really tense but the writers still managed to bring humour into it! Ireally enjoyed this movie> Brittany Murphy does an excellent job as the main character and portrays her very well. This movie has everything a romantic comedy needs romance, humour, a great plot and superb acting, don't be put off by other comments, watch it and see for yourself how good it is!
December 27, 2009
matertenebraum

Super Reviewer

Watched this a few times now. I guess technically not what you would call a great movie, but so likable and I really liked how the ending showed a happy ending without a man to fix everything. Brittany singing is a little cringable at times, but that's the worst I could say about this.
June 14, 2009
romy861

Super Reviewer

I really... really hoped this movie will be a great movie... Especially I started to like Brittany Murphy because she's could be the next America's Young Sweetheart u know... But the star in this movie isn't her, but Holly Hunter... I think she's saved this movie... Even the idea for the movie wasn't bad, but it's still horrible to me.... And the acting weren't emotionally in some scenes... But this movie could entertaining as well because of the 'Kippie Kann Do!!" thing... I thought it was funny...
April 22, 2007
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

Brittany Murphy was quite funny in this comedy film, but Holly Hunter was the best one since "Broadcast News".
October 15, 2006
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

    1. Stacy: Life's funny like that, once we let go of the wheel, you might end up right where you belong.
    – Submitted by Rubie J (2 years ago)
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