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Material Girls (2006)

tomatometer

4

Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 50

Plagued by paper-thin characterizations and a hackneyed script, Material Girls fails to live up to even the minimum standards of its genre.

7

Average Rating: 2.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 14

Plagued by paper-thin characterizations and a hackneyed script, Material Girls fails to live up to even the minimum standards of its genre.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 228,735

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Movie Info

Stripped of their wealth and forced to fend for themselves when the multi-million-dollar cosmetics company inherited from their father suffers due to controversy, two sisters who have never known the simple life must finally find out how the other half lives in a high-fashion comedy about hard times starring Hilary and Haylie Duff. Ava (Haylie) and Tanza (Hilary) are teen heiresses whose charmed lives consist of little more than showing up at all the hottest celebrity parties and putting in the

PG,

Drama, Comedy

John Quaintance, Jessica O'Toole, Amy Rardin

Dec 12, 2006

$11.3M

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Under the circumstances, Anjelica Huston and Lukas Haas manage not to embarrass themselves, but only because they're pretending to be in a different movie.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Co-stars Anjelica Huston and Lukas Haas attempt to rise above it all, but you can almost feel them wincing at the confused tone and risible dialogue.

February 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's not Clueless, just clueless.

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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An incompetent spin on the poor-little-rich-girl story, the film involves a lot of wardrobe changes and product placements, and a smidgen of intrigue and some chaste romance.

August 21, 2006
New York Times
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It succeeds on its own terms. These days, even pre teens live in a material world.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
Boston Globe
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Even by the low standards of the genre it represents, this female teen comedy represents a new nadir.

August 21, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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A brain-numbing, fluffy flick for tweens.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An insipid mess not worthy of the tweens who flock to such flicks.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Fans of the Duffs finally have a film to look forward to while they're doing their nails and staring off into space.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (3)
Cinema Crazed

Along the way, self-discovery bangs 'em over the head.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

The Duff sisters are pleasant personalities, but the vapid bimbosity of their characters quickly becomes grating.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Forced to endure such casually offensive nonsense, the viewer ends up slumming it far more than the duff protagonists.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A Duff movie indeed.

March 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The film's sole purpose is to promote, with chilling lack of irony, Hilary Duff's own brand of perfume -- oh, and there's her single as well.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Watchable enough and by no means as bad as The Perfect Man, although there's not much here that'll interest the over-12s.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Messy, patronising and tonally confused, this vanity project - timed to co-incide with Hilary Duff's perfume launch - quite frankly stinks.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

"This thing is screwier than Courtney Love!" whimpers Hilary in her usual chihuahua-on-helium whine. Even she, however, manages to shine next to her aggravating older sister, saddled as she is with all the comic timing of a mortally wounded elephant.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Haylie and sister Hilary Duff just don't have the comedy stylings to sell this half-baked story of heiress sisters battling to save their dad's cosmetics empire from ruin.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

seems more of an ode to Paris and Nicky Hilton than a decent vehicle for these sisters

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Frankly movies like Material Girls sicken me; they're base and soulless and entirely unworthy of the celluloid they were filmed upon.

December 10, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

A few funny lines spool out intermittently, but it's the inane-ness of Material Girls that grates. While Hollywood sisters Haylie and Hilary Duff tell each other money doesn't bring happiness, their actions speak otherwise

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The villain (a greedy corporate man of some sort) isn't very fleshed out, but it's hard to believe that he's any worse than the two self-serving, appearance-obsessed protagonists, with whom the film asks young girls everywhere to identify.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Martha Coolidge's direction treats the whole adventure with more respect than it deserves, which also makes one wish that she'd been able to work with the Duffs on something much more worthwhile.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

[It] isn't some light send-up of materialism. It's a light endorsement of it.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for Material Girls

I was a tween when I watched this, so I liked it more then than I realise I do now. I wouldn't say it was a disastourous film but it wasn't one of Hilary Duff's best. It's your average chick flick although does educate you on how money isn't everything and the people in your life are much more important and worth more than money ever will be.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

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This film was weak all over. 1not a good plot 2 not good acting.
September 8, 2010
erika250
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

D
July 23, 2010
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Super Reviewer

Nice.
January 28, 2010
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Dead Angel

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