Soapdish Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 31, 2011
Soapdish is a flurry of activity without a dedicated core, neutering displays of slapstick and the force of the satiric crescent kick.
Full Review | Original Score: C-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 27, 2008
Fundamentally, its subject for satire isn't all that clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 27, 2008
Soapdish aims at a satiric target as big as a Macy's float and intermittently hits it.

Empire Magazine
February 27, 2008
Not as funny as the real thing and unlikely to be anywhere near as successful as the leading real-life exponents of the art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Luck
Film4
February 27, 2008
A funny, sharply-written film more pertinent in the Noughties than it was upon its first release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2008
This movie certainly has its dopey moments, but if you're feeling indulgent you're likely to have a good time with it.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Nothing succeeds like excess, this comedy would have us believe.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 9, 2004
Way too hard-working for comedy.
| Original Score: 1/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
July 18, 2003
Starts off funny, ends up ludicrously funny. Recommended.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Uneven but often sidesplitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 24, 2003
Near miss satire.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
February 12, 2002
... this often-hilarious spoof on daytime soap operas achieves much success borrowing from the 'divorce-remarriage' variation of the screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's a kick to see Field sending up her sweetheart image.
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
As the private, public and TV lives of these characters begin to unravel and tangle, on the small screen and off, it turns into a genuinely funny comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Soapdish is pure joy, a lemon-fresh spoof of daytime drama that does the dishing and may even soften your hands.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The plot is contrived and this is hardly a believable picture of how a soap opera is made, but at least the gags are mostly funny.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Lines like this are amusing, but they pop instantly, like soap bubbles.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A riotous spoof of TV soap operas and the people who create them, the clever foundation being that the backstage lives of the principles are more sudsy than the TV program they work on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie that is a balancing act, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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