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Uptown Girls (2003)

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14

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 96

With two obnoxious lead characters and an uneven screenplay, Uptown Girls fails to charm.

16

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 27

With two obnoxious lead characters and an uneven screenplay, Uptown Girls fails to charm.

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In this comedy from director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), Brittany Murphy stars as Molly Gunn, the daughter of a dead rock star, who lives off her inheritance and has never worked a day in her life. When her father's estate is swindled away from her, Molly suddenly finds her life of luxury and excess pulled out from under her. Begrudgingly, she decides that she has to get a job and is hired as a nanny for Ray Schliene (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of record executive Roma Schliene (Heather

PG-13,

Comedy

Mo Ogrodnik, Julia Dahl, Lisa Davidowitz

Jan 6, 2004

$36.9M

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Though I found Mr. Yakin's direction unexpectedly imaginative, and the script often incongruously subtle, I couldn't get into the spirit of all the whimsy, the reason being the surprising lack of charm in the two leads.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Can two over-pampered but fundamentally lonely persons of the blonde female persuasion bond meaningfully with each other while shopping?

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Yakin shuns caricature. His affection for all his feckless characters, even Fanning's narcissistic mom (Heather Locklear), is evident.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Combine two mannered performances with a script intent on achieving maximum cuteness, and you've got one wince-inducing sugar rush.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Gives chick flicks a bad name.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Locates Fanning's 'maturity' in a fear of germs that comes off as borderline psychotic, and Murphy's childlike free spirit in her apparent inability to avoid walking into walls.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The sheer charisma of the performances - from a screwball Murphy and a caustic Fanning - manages to float a sentimental script that frequently fizzes where it should pop.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

A lame, predictable comedy.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Fanning practically dares the audience to throw sharp objects at the screen with her thoroughly obnoxious performance.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comment (1)
TheMovieReport.com

Brought down with emotional manipulation, melodrama, and just a bi-polar mood.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

horribly misguided

February 28, 2004 Full Review

'El resultado es bastante mediocre, pues la cinta es bastante predecible y francamente aburrida'

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Moviola

...an incredibly formulaic setup that would be more at home in a made-for-TV movie starring Patricia Heaton and that little girl from Seventh Heaven.

January 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Whether you buy Uptown Girls or not will depend on whether you're willing to go along with its utterly contrived and formulaic plot.

January 2, 2004 Full Review

What communicative compromise is there [for Yakin] to go from personal, gritty and well-made films, to such a vapid commercial plea?

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning can't rise above a weak script in this riches-to-rags tale; "Uptown" is low-rent.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

It is a confusing experience-a film unsure of what it wants to be

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

If you're a fan of treacly, superficial stories about completely unlikable people forming friendships, or if you like pratfalls, then this is the movie for you.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

While the movie hits on a bunch of emotional topics, the dialogue veers into the mawkish far more than necessary.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

The ending is so forced that it betrays the movie's potential.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily
Fantastica Daily

In truth, this isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Fanning is really good and Murphy gives as good as she gets.

August 25, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Like an evil, terrifying version of The Odd Couple.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for Uptown Girls

A good chick flick with some heartwarming scenes! A must see!
June 23, 2011
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Act your age not your shoe size.

Dakota Fanning reminded me of Christina Ricci from Addams Family. Her acting in this movie was spectacular. Brittany Murphy (R.I.P) was good as well. This was pretty enjoyable.
January 8, 2011
3niR
Dead Angel

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Pretty decent fluff. Quite suprising actually.
August 18, 2010
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    1. Ray Schleine: Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Ray Schleine: You wouldn't know real music if Mozart hit you on the head with it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Ray Schleine: Act your age, not your shoe size.
    – Submitted by Alice M (20 months ago)
    1. Roma Schleine: Kids and grown ups can't be friends.
    2. Molly Gunn: I don't see any grown ups here.
    – Submitted by Sarah L (2 years ago)
    1. Ray Schleine: Every story has an end. But in life, every ending is just a new beginning...
    – Submitted by Angela T (2 years ago)
    1. Ray Schleine: Every grown-up is good at something. Oh, my bad. I don't see any grown-ups around here.
    2. Molly Gunn: What's so great about being a grown-up anyway? So I can turn out like you?
    – Submitted by Angela T (2 years ago)
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