Uptown Girls Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 25, 2003
In truth, this isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Fanning is really good and Murphy gives as good as she gets.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
August 21, 2003
Yakin shuns caricature. His affection for all his feckless characters, even Fanning's narcissistic mom (Heather Locklear), is evident.
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star
August 20, 2003
Worth going Uptown for.
| Original Score: B+
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 19, 2003
Murphy creates a rather fascinating chemistry with Fanning, who resolutely absconds with the film as a controlling tot from hell, a fun-killing spinster trapped in a prepubescent body.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 16, 2003
Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning make for a winning combination, and their characters' sometimes dark journeys do not always take the most obvious route to the inevitable happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Venable
Supercala.com
August 16, 2003
Entirely unoriginal and unbelievably predictable, but director Boaz Yakin knows how to create Kodak moments for the crowd that desires such fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jack Zink
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 15, 2003
You can snicker and enjoy all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 15, 2003
Yakin and the great cinematographer Michael Ballhaus give the afternoon such a primal, heartbreaking sadness that you feel like you're watching Lillian Gish in a D.W. Griffith melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2003
Murphy's performance has a kind of ineffable mischievous innocence about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Dawes
Variety
August 14, 2003
A light, occasionally charming and reasonably well-crafted tale about a transforming female friendship.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 14, 2003
Uptown Girls lacks the urban specificity that helped to make The World of Henry Orient such an uptown-girl classic, but it works up a sentimental tug that should moisten the eyes of many a moppet and mom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 14, 2003
A colorful, creative, deliciously frolicsome romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 13, 2003
Or maybe the film is so fun because we actually get to see Dakota Fanning slap the living **** out of Brittany Murphy at Coney Island.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2003
It may be junk food with high sugar levels, but the inspired teaming of rising young actress Brittany Murphy and precocious tot Dakota Fanning makes you forget those hazardous sweeteners.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
A lame, predictable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 7, 2010
Fanning practically dares the audience to throw sharp objects at the screen with her thoroughly obnoxious performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Brought down with emotional manipulation, melodrama, and just a bi-polar mood.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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October 18, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006

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April 9, 2004

ComingSoon.net
February 7, 2004
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Denver Post
January 10, 2004

Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003

Baltimore Sun
August 15, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 15, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 15, 2003
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AV Club
August 14, 2003
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