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Kevin Spacey's performance is almost sharp enough to save this Hollywood dramedy from itself, but in the end, he's dragged down by a cliched script and indifferent direction.



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What happens when the people we count on to hold us together are barely holding it together themselves? Jonas Pate's Shrink is a striking, fast-paced exposé of the "other" Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their comfort zone and the people who put them there.Henry Carter is a psychiatrist with an A-list clientele, including a once-famous actress, an insecure young writer, and a comically obsessive-compulsive super-agent. Henry is not in a good place, however. He has been asked to take his first pro bono case, a troubled teenage girl from a neighborhood far from the Hollywood hills. Considering his present state of mind, is he ready for the real-life troubles of a young woman who loves the world of movies he has become so jaded by? At its core, Shrink is a study of control and our endless need for it, even when it grows increasingly impossible to obtain. Writer Thomas Moffett uses classic archetypes in this modern Hollywood tale, but never pushes them over the edge of credibility. Performed by a well-matched cast at the top of their form, the result is both satisfying and exhilarating. Watching Shrink makes us feel like voyeurs looking through a window into the lives of people who look great, feel worse, and end up behaving badly.

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Critic Reviews for Shrink

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (31)

  • 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.

    Jun 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/4
  • There really was a much better comedy here than melodrama.

    Jul 31, 2009
  • Some of the humor is delicious. And there are a few fine moments of truth and pathos, most of them addressing a subset of grief often ignored on film.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • No one knows why bad things happen to good people. But we do know why bad things happen to good film ideas. They get ruined by poor scripts and indifferent direction.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shrink

  • Mar 31, 2012
    The film was so so. The film has the same style as Crash did. The acting performances are really good. Spacey shines as usual. Keke Palmer gets better in every role I see her in. On the negative, I thought some of the scenes were not lit really well. Some scenes were too dark, lighting wise. Also the pacing was off. Some scenes were too slow. Despite the flaws that the film has, I still recommend the film, especially for the performances by the cast.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2011
    This was pretty good. I watched it over a year ago, and I can't remember it too much.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2010
    kevin spacey is okay in his role as a therapist, but story is dull, and interweening stories of related charactors doesent come across well, although there are some good performances
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2010
    Shrink is a valiant attempt at a meaningful drama, but in the end, the film is truly only worth the two average performances from Spacey and Palmer. See Shrink solely for an exemplary display of Kevin Spacey’s range and uncanny ability to remain relevant …
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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