The Muse Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The screenplay, despite containing a number of droll one-liners and a pair of deliciously funny scenes, possesses a turgid, directionless feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
One of the more obnoxious movies of the past 200 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Typically fresh and idiosyncratic in the writing but often flat directorially.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
I thought Brooks mailed this script in.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
January 1, 2000
The lead performances of Brooks, MacDowell, and Stone are critical to the story's success, and ultimately fall flat.
| Original Score: 6/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 30, 2009
Like the character he plays here, Albert Brooks needed someone or something to re-inspire him while working on this plodding comedy.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
There are lots of punchy lines, but the one-joke movie doesn't have all that much to say.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
This intelligent if not entirely satisfactory film should please Brooks' hardcore fans, but should have a harder time entertaining the average moviegoer.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
In its story of a terrible filmmaker, it almost manages to explain the madness behind why Brooks still gets to crank out excrement like this.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
The clear potential that The Muse possesses only makes the final product even more of a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
A hit-and-miss affair, banking a bit too much on its one joke premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A writer and comic who's the best when he's the nastiest, Brooks creates for himself a character that's way too accommodating and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
In The Muse, Brooks makes a mistake he's never made before: he starts with a situation comedy, then never moves beyond the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
More stupefying than entertaining.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
What's most surprising about The Muse is how derivative, cliche-ridden and old-hat it is.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
An embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Mike Higgins
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 1, 2000
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007

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January 1, 2000

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January 1, 2000

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January 1, 2000

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January 9, 2002
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