The Muse (1999)



Critic Consensus: Despite quirky and original writing, the subject matter feels too removed to produce laughs.

Movie Info

Actor/writer/director Albert Brooks turns his satiric gaze on the film industry in this comedy about a screenwriter who has hit a rough patch. Steven Philips (played by Brooks) has enjoyed a celebrated career in Hollywood, but one day he has a meeting with his agent, who informs him his career is suddenly going nowhere. Steven quickly finds himself at the end of his rope and is unable to put a decent sentence on paper. Desperate, he hears that there's a bona fide muse in Hollywood, Sarah (played … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2001
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as Steven Phillips

as Sarah Liddle

as Laura Phillips

as Jack Warrick

as Josh Martin

as Stan Spielberg

as European Man

as Dr. Jacobson

as Nurse Rennert

as Julie Phillips

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as Boy at Sarah's House

as Phyllis

as Tiffany Saleswoman

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as Himself

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as Rob Reiner's Son

as Female Attendant

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Critic Reviews for The Muse

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (28)

The Muse is sketch-comedy thin and features an overdone comic performance from Sharon Stone, making it Brooks' least satisfying film in quite a while.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The Muse might have worked better if it didn't presume that we're all as interested in the machinations of Hollywood as Brooks is.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's good for some sterling one-liners and a generous handful of sparkling scenes, but after a strong, peppery start, the movie collapses into bland mush for want of anything interesting to say.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

There are lots of punchy lines, but the one-joke movie doesn't have all that much to say.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

An embarrassment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A dark and often unattractive movie.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Muse


Original neurotic comedy, Albert Brooks' The Muse it's not very funny, dispite being entretaining.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Albert Brooks tale of a Hollywood writer facing the end of his career is unintentionally ironic and kinda sad to watch. The help of major Tinseltown players do little to support a work wherein Brooks himself only comes across as bitter and alienating. Sharon Stone as the titular character: blech. Only Andie MacDowell escapes unscathed. Pass.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I normally like Albert Brooks's films. Obviously Broadcast News and Defending Your Life are fantastic, and in those films, his neurotic, Woody Allen demeanor is charming, clever, and funny. But here he's just annoying and occasionally he's almost creepily over-bearing. As a film, The Muse has a lot of wasted time spent on people driving in the "beautiful" plasticity of L.A. and banal dialogue like "You should call him." [Dramatic pause.] "I'll call him." A film exploring the writing process might have been more interesting, but like his character, I fear Brooks has lost his edge.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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