• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tony Shalhoub
    In Theaters:
    May 14, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 30, 2005


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Made-Up Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Droll... but too psychologically fuzzy to engender more than of-the-moment laughs, Made-Up ping-pongs from cultural satire to wan proclamations of 'sisterhood.'

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C

February 9, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It wants, as Kate says about her documentary, to be a 'seminal work on beauty and aging.' But it wears like a gauzy romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 12, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A lot like Tammy Faye Bakker; you just know it has good intentions, but it ends up as a smeary facsimile of what it wants to be.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 23, 2004
Jules Brenner

The few meaningful moments occasionally generated are all but engulfed by fussy, meaningless distraction and wandering trivialities

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 1, 2004
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/4

February 17, 2004
Joshua Land
Village Voice
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A ham-fisted satire on the American obsession with appearance, Made-Up is ultimately self-defeating and even offensive.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 20, 2004
Timothy Knight

Resorts to tired shtick and soap-opera-level tensions to drive its points home with all the subtlety of a brick flung through a window.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

February 6, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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The well-intentioned but wobbly directing debut of character actor Tony Shalhoub tries to be many things -- romantic comedy, mockumentary, a satire on beauty and aging -- but ends up succeeding at none.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

January 22, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

It's a family affair that unfortunately looks too much like a feature-length home movie.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

March 21, 2004
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

It appears that something has been lost in the translation to the screen.

May 30, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

While a harmless enough diversion, proves to be a relatively feeble--and rather precious--little comedy-drama about aging and parenthood.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

August 18, 2003
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Maddeningly unfocused and scattershot.

January 23, 2004
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Both painfully self-indulgent and awkwardly self-conscious.

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

January 24, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The rest of the cast spend so much time trying to avoid tripping over each other and the electric wires strewn all over the carpets that the suspension of disbelief becomes an increasingly strenuous chore.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 29, 2004
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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Voice-overs and commentaries are piled on top of contrived intimate moments until, despite some easygoing performances, the movie -- the actual movie -- is a blur of undercooked motivations and halfhearted improv.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 5, 2004
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

The film wants to satirize both our fixation on appearances and reality filmmaking, but its strained humor and litany of cliches add little to either topic.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

February 6, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

This tiresome movie feels too flimsy for the waters beyond the film festival circuit.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 24, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Delivers billboard-sized messages about preconceptions of beauty and youth..., before the whole thing goes off the rails into a forced and humorless farce.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 26, 2004

E! Online

If Made-Up sounds all over the place, it is. And we don't suggest you follow.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

February 6, 2004
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A witty coming-of-middle-age comedy with hilarious performances by first-time director Tony Shalhoub and wife Brooke Adams.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 7, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 16, 2004

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 27, 2004
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