• PG-13, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Boaz Yakin
    In Theaters:
    Aug 15, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 6, 2004
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


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Uptown Girls Reviews

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Denver Post
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January 10, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 26, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Can two over-pampered but fundamentally lonely persons of the blonde female persuasion bond meaningfully with each other while shopping?

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

August 21, 2003
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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Yakin shuns caricature. His affection for all his feckless characters, even Fanning's narcissistic mom (Heather Locklear), is evident.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 21, 2003
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 21, 2003
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Gives chick flicks a bad name.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 21, 2003
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 19, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... a disaster.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 18, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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A modern fairytale that loads up big-time on the girly trappings but doesn't give you much in the way of plot or characters or even plain old sense.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 17, 2003
Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
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Everything has a blurry, much-edited quality, and the story lines don't mesh.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 15, 2003
C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's more than a hint of desperation to Murphy's characterization.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 15, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Not an especially raucous comedy, but it is an unfunny, rhythmless one.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A creepy, depressing and leering 'comedy' that's a virtual collection of 'What were they thinking?' moments.

| Original Score: 0.5/4

August 15, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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About a young woman who goes to work for and eventually befriends the most obnoxious child ever to exist on this planet.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

August 15, 2003
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Though Murphy is radiant, and her laughs are infectious, her free-spiritedness is thrust in our face like a pointy object in a 3-D movie.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C-

August 15, 2003
Matthew Hays
Globe and Mail
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When Uptown Girls isn't trying to play up its wacky high jinks ... it stoops to the kind of psychological character development films this shallow should really avoid like the plague.

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

August 15, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Director Boaz Yakin ... keeps shying from the darker material like a studio-trained racehorse, heading for the safer turf of slapstick and schmaltz.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 15, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's all too, too cute and too, too forced for words.

August 15, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Murphy's performance has a kind of ineffable mischievous innocence about it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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There's nothing wrong with Uptown Girls that not seeing it won't fix.

August 15, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 15, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An embarrassingly silly exercise that mostly serves as a platform for Brittany Murphy to model a fab wardrobe and glam hairstyles.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 14, 2003
Amy Dawes
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A light, occasionally charming and reasonably well-crafted tale about a transforming female friendship.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 14, 2003
Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
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The film is close to a disaster in its remarkably rigid formula.

| Original Score: 1/4

August 14, 2003
Jan Stuart
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 14, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[A] standard variation of the princess myth.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 14, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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When Uptown Girls is released on DVD, its commentary tracks should consist of a single looped phrase: 'We're truly sorry.'

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 14, 2003
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A consistently strained effort.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 14, 2003
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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[A] horribly misguided movie.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 14, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[An] ungainly Manhattan fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

August 14, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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It's possible that Uptown Girls will supplant Gigli as the summer's biggest joke.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D-

August 14, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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The screenplay is by the numbers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 14, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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[A] comedy with no laughs.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 14, 2003

AV Club
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August 14, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

August 13, 2003
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