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Shopgirl (2005)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 90 | Rotten: 58

Shopgirl is precariously slight, but it has some intriguing moments, and Danes is luminous.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 15

Shopgirl is precariously slight, but it has some intriguing moments, and Danes is luminous.



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Steve Martin wrote the screenplay and served as co-producer for this screen adaptation of his short novel, which takes a witty but bittersweet look at a young woman and the two men involved with her. Mirabelle Buttersfield (Claire Danes) is an aspiring artist in her mid-twenties who, after graduating from college, moved to Los Angeles, where she works at the glove counter of an upscale department store. Mirabelle's job is simple and not demanding, but it doesn't pay especially well, and she


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Steve Martin

Apr 25, 2006


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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (58) | DVD (26)

A slim, charming, romantic story, full of intentionally mild humor about strong themes -- passion, commitment, loneliness.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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The sheer charm of Ms. Danes' performance, combined with the convincingly resigned sadness of Mr. Martin and the intense sincerity of the singularly uncharismatic Mr. Schwartzman, make this a deeply bittersweet film experience.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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You get the feeling Martin's not really committed to his movie about a man who won't commit. And he keeps us from committing, as well.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Where the book was preciously and carefully crafted, the movie just feels precious.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It's a quiet, amusing, sad and hopeful film about the dissonance between age and youth, commitment and freedom, growth and stagnation.

November 4, 2005
Detroit News
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Meant to be bewitchingly graceful, instead comes off as half-asleep

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

I'm not entirely sure how it will play to a large audience, but it might have enough charm and wit, with a dash of complicated romance, to keep one entertained.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Hasn't the brightness of a romantic comedy nor the tristesse of melodrama.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Claire Danes has a gravitas and grace to her that hearkens back to starlets of the 1930s and '40s.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Rather than being a labeled a romantic comedy, Shopgirl is more of a coming-of-age drama

May 10, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It's L.A. as it is today, brooding, at times thoughtful, frustrating, and populated by souls like and completely unlike Mirabelle Buttersfield.

May 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Cutesy but never cute, syrupy but never sweet, sexual but never erotic.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

The filmmakers put a good number of sweet, tender, appealing gestures into it...yet the movie comes off leaving one vaguely disappointed.

April 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Desperta no espectador um sentimento de agradável melancolia, como aquele que experimentamos quando ouvimos uma melodia triste da qual gostamos muito.

March 17, 2006
Cinema em Cena

This movie nails some of the truths about the L.A. dating scene that most other movies don't go near.

January 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

A horrible film bred from the isolation of a man at the top

December 13, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Un film qui a tous les éléments à la bonne place et dans lequel Martin propose à nouveau un mélange élégant d'une formule qu'il connaît par c%u0153ur.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

...More like a European film than Hollywood, but it's not a matter of transmitting on a frequency most Americans don't receive. It's a matter of information that's not there.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

threatens to turn into the latest update of 'Pretty Woman' (but) an inescapable undercurrent of sadness flows through the movie and through its characters, which gives 'Shopgirl' a wistful, often downright bluesy tone.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Shopgirl is Steve Martin at his most philosophical. This romantic comedy is not like the usual Hollywood fare, but is an exploration of loneliness, isolation, expectations and reality. A bittersweet lovestory for thinkers.

November 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The new movie, "Shopgirl," isn't nearly as slight as it sounds. It isn't a comedy, it isn't a "chick-flick," and it certainly isn't about shopping.

November 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

This is Claire Danes best performance since 'Romeo + Juliet.'

November 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Watching [Dane], you think other actresses look half-alive at best. You even forget for a while that other actresses exist.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Shopgirl stands out as an elegant work, one that provides a welcome look at love, romance, and heartbreak without the encumbrances of the usual Hollywood folderol.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Shopgirl

Shopgirl has very few touching moments, when they do appear they have a big impact but I think this is generally down to the fact that the two main performances are like watching two Shop mannequins acting against each other rather than because it's well written. The direction is good, each scene is quite stylish with each background representing each character which is visually effective but often used instead of desperately needed character development. It's too patchy to give it much credit to be honest, I had no idea Steve Martin had written a novel but as much as I love him, it's sounds crap. Maybe it's an 'LA' thing but it's certainly not my thing.
February 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

This movie is small, quiet and very honest. It was kind of interesting the way, even though the film is called Shopgirl, Mirabelle is pretty much the least interesting character in the film. Ray is probably the most interesting, while Jeremy is an insufferable caricature of a twenty-something screw-up. This movie reminded me a lot of Closer, in that it had little in the way of forward-momentum story-wise. The core of this film was in the way its characters interacted and shaped each other. It bothered me a little bit that all it took to turn Jeremy from a self-absorbed, awkward twerp to a real human being was a little while on tour and listening to an audiobook about relationships. It seemed like something of a cop-out; there's really no social Band-Aid solution for social ineptitude. If there were, I'd be going around fixing people left and right. One of the only other things I didn't like was the voice-over narration; I would have much rather made up my own mind about the proceedings, as opposed to being told what to think about it by Ray (of all people). Ray isn't the bad guy here, any more than Jeremy is the good guy, and I think to paint them as such really sells this complex little movie short. In fact, I think the biggest pleasure I got from this movie is figuring the characters out. I could tell when Ray was talking to his therapist that he and Mirabelle were going to get hurt, if only because that's what happens when people want different things from their relationship and don't know about that conflict. This was an endlessly interesting movie, real and sweet and not so much funny as droll. I love puzzle films.
April 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

A rare case where I have actually upgraded this a star from my original rating.
I don't think I fully appreciated this movie until I rewatched it. I think originally I expected a chick flick, which it's not, as it is packaged in that way. This is much better than a chick flick!
Claire Danes is fantastic as Mirabelle. I could really relate to her slightly awkward character. The depression angle was really well played. Originally I hated Jeremy as he's a bit yuck and stingy with money - no ones idea of a leading guy in a romance, but I found I warmed to him on a second viewing - well, compared to Steve Martin's Ray, who is not age appropriate and psychologically unwell himself, in a different way to Mirabelle. Just a really well played and quite sweet little movie.
April 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

I've said it before - I like stories about relationships, and this suits the bill. In it, Claire, Ray and Jeremy all learn quite a bit about love.
March 26, 2011

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