• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nick Hurran
    In Theaters:
    Aug 6, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 4, 2005
  • Sony Pictures

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Little Black Book Reviews


Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[O]ne of the worst romantic comedies of this or probably any other year.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 12, 2004
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 10, 2004
Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 6, 2004
Stephen Hunter
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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 6, 2004
Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

August 6, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 6, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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An awkward and aggressively unfunny film.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 6, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 6, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Treat this sucker like the actors should have done when they read the script: Kick it to the curb.

| Original Score: 1/4

August 6, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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One of those annoyingly coy romantic comedies in which people try to improve their relationships by deceiving and investigating each other.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 6, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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All Little Black Book offers is a pileup of sitcom scenarios overlaid with annoyingly glib narration, la Sex and the City.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 6, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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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

August 6, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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A screechy chick-flick relationship comedy with a lot of things working for and against it -- mostly against it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Starts as the playful romantic comedy, then veers into an ensemble piece about ruthless careerism before settling for melodramatic self-obsession.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C

August 6, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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+

August 6, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Raises the question: When does a movie go from being an homage to being a parasite?

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 6, 2004
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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The movie's tone veers wildly from scene to scene before taking an unexpected turn in the final scenes.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 6, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Textbook chick flick.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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It has solid performances, genuine wit and a few surprises that more than make up for occasional lapses in plot and taste.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

August 5, 2004
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 5, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

August 5, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

August 5, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 5, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Built on a premise that is as predictable as it is thin.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

August 5, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 5, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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An eccentric, boldly black romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2004
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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It practically throws out its back with wackiness, but underneath, it nurses a misbegotten morality play.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

August 5, 2004

AV Club
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August 5, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2004
Scott Foundas
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 2, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

August 2, 2004
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