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London Evening Standard
June 9, 2010
The film, expertly played by actors who look as if they know exactly what they are talking about, is a bit like a voyeur's view of the Hollywood we only hear about in scandal sheets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 7, 2010
Shrink neatly intertwines the lives of the leading characters in a manner reminiscent of Robert Altman's Short Cuts but without that film's haunting poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 3, 2010
A limply-organised multi-story snoozefest from Jonas Pate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
June 3, 2010
Though it dwells on the seamier side of showbiz -- a seedy, pill-popping actor and a slutty casting-couch actress turn up in subplots -- it ultimately buys into the fantasy land it had started out debunking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 3, 2010
Blackly funny but never as vicious as it clearly wants to be, this rather nihilistic look at modern society keeps us hooked with desperate and lost characters who all have a whiff of soulful humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
June 2, 2010
Sharp and edgy but with a touching warmth, this satire piques the heart as well as the funny bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 2010
Throw it in the shark tank with Crash, Grand Canyon, Magnolia, etc.
Emily S. Mendel
April 30, 2010
Shrink has fine acting, intriguing characters and moments of humor and pathos, but I left the theater feeling a bit cheated.
Chris Cabin
October 6, 2009
It's an impressively convoluted piece of writing, but it loses it shine when it becomes clear that neither Moffett nor Pate know where they are going with these stories
| Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
September 28, 2009
It's another Los Angeles movie that is alternately self-congratulatory and self-pitying...
Prairie Miller
September 26, 2009
Though a little too interconnected when it comes to narrative coincidences, the emotional intensity laced with deliciously dark humor and nasty neo-screwball wit, outweighs the gimmickry.
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward, and when those sparks emanate from a doobie clutched by Kevin Spacey, a smug critique of the American dream is sure to follow.
Marc Mohan
August 14, 2009
[The characters'] fates, naturally, intertwine, with a resolution that could only occur in Hollywood.
Cynthia Fuchs
August 6, 2009
As all of Shrink's seemingly disparate stories begin to fall too cleverly into each other, it's easy to be distracted by some fine performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nell Minow
August 3, 2009
Spacey is mesmerizing as the "compassion fatigued" Carter. The pain and anger of his character are palpable, as is his heart-wrenching frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
August 1, 2009
Shrink reminds us why Kevin Spacey matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 31, 2009
...ultimately less successful as a fully-realized drama than as a showcase for its myriad of talented actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2009
I'm not his manager, but I wonder if Kevin Spacey would profit from laying off the sardonic, disaffected, emotionally numb characters for a while. They're criminally easy for him at this point in his career.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 31, 2009
The characters are so flatly conceived and their dilemmas so familiar that you wonder if the filmmakers even aspired to be original. Luckily, Kevin Spacey plays Carter with scene-saving grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
July 31, 2009
The performances will hold your attention -- Dallas Roberts is particularly manic and fetching in his role -- and the inside-Hollywood setting is a bit of a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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