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Shopgirl Reviews

Bob Mondello
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 6, 2005

Houston Chronicle
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December 6, 2005
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A slim, charming, romantic story, full of intentionally mild humor about strong themes -- passion, commitment, loneliness.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 18, 2005
David Ansen
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A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 18, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 14, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Where the book was preciously and carefully crafted, the movie just feels precious.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 4, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

| Original Score: B

November 4, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It's not a lack of originality that makes Shopgirl too Saks for its own good; it's the attempt to make a distinctive item into a blue-light special that betrays it.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 4, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A movie of exceptional delicacy, so much so that Shopgirl comes close to turning its quietness into a virtue.

| Original Score: B-

November 4, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A faithful and engaging adaptation, adding Martin's skills as a screenwriter and actor to his fiction talents.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Shopgirl doesn't reach any cosmic conclusions. Nor is it intended to. But as an observation of recognizable emotions, it's a shining memento.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

November 3, 2005
Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A flawed but captivating gem.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

October 30, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Shopgirl's feathery plot is lifted by three sterling performances.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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A case of precise observation of nothing. It's like looking through a microscope at an empty slide.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 28, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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An oddly dreary love story, seemingly taking place in slow-motion.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A film of wisdom, emotional subtlety and power.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 28, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Without realizing it, the film becomes an ode to middle-aged male lechery of a literate sort; it plays like Left Coast Woody Allen, and I don't mean that as a compliment.

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

October 28, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The movie isn't downright bad, but it's disappointing and forgettable, failing to emulate Allen or anybody else worth a darn.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's delicate stuff, and it's been brought to the screen with grace, humor and a mood that's wonderfully (here comes another of those film review words) bittersweet.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Danes, who does more with a wary or puzzled smile than most performers can do with an Oscar-baiting monologue, makes an uneven film worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A tender and perceptive film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sparse but effective.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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I liked Shopgirl a lot, mainly because its heart is in the right place and because it is so refreshingly unpretentious.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 26, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The Steve Martin character in particular is fascinating, because he is a gentleman, but he's also an S.O.B.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 24, 2005
Andrew O'Hehir
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There were some things I liked about Shopgirl, the film adaptation of Steve Martin's bestselling novella. I write those words with teeth firmly clenched, because it's basically a dreadful film that should never have been made.

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October 21, 2005
David Edelstein
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Shopgirl is sadly vacuous, with a sadly vacuous center.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 21, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The May-December thing worked in Lost in Translation and it works here, thanks to the perceptive and gracefully romantic script that Martin has adapted from his novella.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Danes' performance is a grace note in a movie that is otherwise misguided. The adaptation of Martin's bestselling novella lacks the flow and depth of its source material.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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With its somber air, its plaintive score of strings and its meditations on loneliness, this love triangle starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman suggests Pretty Woman as remade by François Truffaut.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Martin is so flat and uninteresting in the role, you have to imagine charms that aren't apparent. There is no chemistry between the characters, because Martin brought no chemistry to the set.

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

October 21, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Written, starring and co-produced by Martin, the film is directed by Anand Tucker (Hilary and Jackie) with the studied dreaminess of a perfume ad.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2005
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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Like his silver-maned paramour, the film ultimately lets Mirabelle down and leaves the viewer dissatisfied.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Shopgirl is a wistful account of the yearlong love affair between a 50-year-old millionaire and a lonely, debt-saddled service sector serf in her 20s.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Shopgirl, written by Steve Martin, based on his slender novel of the same name, is an elegant and exquisitely tailored romantic comedy.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Whether intentionally or not, Martin has given us something truly spooky: A full-fledged portrait of a hollow man.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

October 20, 2005
Jan Stuart
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Wise and scrupulously honest.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 20, 2005
Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
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It's a film filled with hope and yearning, love misdirected and truer feelings found.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 20, 2005

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October 20, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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In their way, Mirabelle and Ray are the deracinated West Coast equivalents of a Woody Allen couple -- she a lovely, somber thing who can't resist his erudition, he a proud snob who only thinks he's confessing his flaws with admirable honesty.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

October 19, 2005
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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A wan, world-weary representation of anomie, loneliness, and low expectations, dressed up in the ill-fitting designer duds of the studio rom-com.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 18, 2005
James Berardinelli
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A smart, adult romance that rarely panders to clichés, and gives up the heady bliss of most such movies in favor of something bittersweet.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2005
Joe Leydon
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A smartly reconstituted yet largely faithful adaptation of his precisely crafted novella about the mixed signals, misinterpretations and melancholy life lessons that define bittersweet romance.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 12, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Certainly has the goods but it ultimately fails to make the sale.

September 12, 2005
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