Shrink Reviews

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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2010
Sharp and edgy but with a touching warmth, this satire piques the heart as well as the funny bone.
April 30, 2010
Shrink has fine acting, intriguing characters and moments of humor and pathos, but I left the theater feeling a bit cheated.
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.
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.
August 1, 2009
Shrink reminds us why Kevin Spacey matters.
July 31, 2009
...ultimately less successful as a fully-realized drama than as a showcase for its myriad of talented actors.
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.
July 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.
July 27, 2009
A strong script from writer Thomas Moffett and stellar work from Spacey are what really make this movie work.
July 24, 2009
As many facile conclusions as moments of wry humor.
July 24, 2009
Like smog settling over Los Angeles, a creeping sense of anomie haunts the Hollywood power players and parasites sidling nervously through Shrink.
July 24, 2009
July 23, 2009
Spacey gives his best performance since Swimming With Sharks, and Palmer, the young star of Akeelah and the Bee, has matured into an actress of depth and nuance.
July 21, 2009
The characters in Thomas Moffett's script are intriguing enough, and director Jonas Pate gets sufficiently lively work from his eclectic cast, that you end up caring about them anyway.