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Little Black Book Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2004
[O]ne of the worst romantic comedies of this or probably any other year.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
August 10, 2004
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.
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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
August 6, 2004
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 6, 2004
If you think it's worth it to sit there for 97 minutes for three or possibly four laughs, then you are beyond help.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
August 6, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 6, 2004
A dud, mostly serving to remind us of the other, better movies that it wants to be when it grows up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2004
An awkward and aggressively unfunny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 6, 2004
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 6, 2004
Treat this sucker like the actors should have done when they read the script: Kick it to the curb.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2004
One of those annoyingly coy romantic comedies in which people try to improve their relationships by deceiving and investigating each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 6, 2004
All Little Black Book offers is a pileup of sitcom scenarios overlaid with annoyingly glib narration, la Sex and the City.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 6, 2004
The jaw-droppingly nasty second act is intriguing, but it veers into territory so dark that it sucks the air out of the bouncy chick flick that surrounds it, making for one confused -- and confusing -- comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 6, 2004
A screechy chick-flick relationship comedy with a lot of things working for and against it -- mostly against it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 6, 2004
Starts as the playful romantic comedy, then veers into an ensemble piece about ruthless careerism before settling for melodramatic self-obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 6, 2004
Shrill and prone to annoying overstatement, Murphy poses the first of many problems with Little Black Book, a lame attempt to meld comedy, romance and satire.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 6, 2004
Raises the question: When does a movie go from being an homage to being a parasite?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2004
We assume this is going to be a routine career-girl comedy, and we're surprised when it moves deeper into its subject until finally it's a satirical comedy about television that invades some of the same territory as Network or Broadcast News
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
August 6, 2004
It's written more cleverly than you might expect, with occasionally funny one-liners ... and the good sense not to take itself too seriously most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 6, 2004
Filled with poor excuses for human beings, who are supposed to be funny in their utter disregard for their fellow man. But they mostly come off as sadistic and cruel, which isn't a great recipe for knee-slapping comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
August 6, 2004
The movie's tone veers wildly from scene to scene before taking an unexpected turn in the final scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 5, 2004
Textbook chick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 5, 2004
An unfortunate confluence of herky-jerky script, pointless scenes, weak slapstick and too many forays into the Land of the Moronic ... prevents the film from transcending its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 5, 2004
It has solid performances, genuine wit and a few surprises that more than make up for occasional lapses in plot and taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2004
Set in the exploitive world of Jerry Springer-style confessional shows, Little Black Book suggests this unpleasant theme: 'Movies That Aren't Worth Your Eight Bucks, Let Alone Talking About!'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2004
It's unfortunate that Little Black Book doesn't add up to more, because the movie's darker, more comic instincts might have flown with a stronger premise and better characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 5, 2004
Part of the movie's problem is that it can't decide whether to be a romantic comedy or a satire of television. Unlike the most obvious example, 1987's Broadcast News, this movie's not smart enough to be both.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 5, 2004
Offering few laughs and a climactic scene of breathtaking cruelty, this sour comedy draws you against your will into its malignant force field.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 5, 2004
If you must feel superior to the bad behavior of others, stick to Jerry Springer. As Carly has sung, nobody does it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 5, 2004
Built on a premise that is as predictable as it is thin.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2004
Saddled with a vapid heroine, British director Nick Hurran sidesteps romance in favor of the zany, fast-talking world of daytime talk TV, culminating in an unconvincing, remarkably unpleasant finale.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2004
An eccentric, boldly black romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 5, 2004
It practically throws out its back with wackiness, but underneath, it nurses a misbegotten morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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AV Club
August 5, 2004
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 3, 2004
The problem is that director Nick Hurran and writers Melissa Carter and Elisa Bell see this as more of a sit-com. And, in a vain attempt to get laughs, they de-humanize their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 2, 2004
It's not just that this schizophrenic relationship pic-cum-showbiz satire lacks so much as a single fresh idea; it lacks an entertaining way of presenting its stale ideas, too.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2004
The comedy is mostly aimed at teenage females, but boyfriends, older sisters and even parents may find things at which to smile or even laugh.