Shrink Reviews

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November 16, 2011
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 4, 2010
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.
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.
July 31, 2009
There really was a much better comedy here than melodrama.
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 31, 2009
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.
July 31, 2009
Directed by Jonas Pate and written with a nice ear for self-delusion by Thomas Moffet, Shrink mixes cliches with some pleasant surprises.
July 31, 2009
In seeking to depict the shallowness of Hollywood life, it's hard not to appear shallow yourself.
July 31, 2009
Shrink is no worse than the average Hollywood comedy. But it shows, more obviously than most, the bankruptcy of standard-issue American pop narrative, circa 2009.
July 30, 2009
A pity-party of Hollywood narcissism.
July 30, 2009
The script by Thomas Moffett slickly satirizes the movie industry's fascination with vampires and special effects without being especially compelling or original.
July 30, 2009
This is a movie for people who thought Crash was wise and profound, most of whom probably live in L.A. and know everything they know about life from watching movies.
July 30, 2009
[Spacey's] good, but the film doesn't find an emotional center, and we're left with actors acting out.
July 27, 2009
I felt it felt forced from the first moment into the last moment.
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
Director Jonas Pate and screenwriter Thomas Moffett have turned this strongly cast, potentially smart tale of personal intersection among a mostly rarefied group of Los Angelenos into an irritating and unconvincing slog.
July 24, 2009
Jonas Pate's derivative L.A. indie brings few fresh revelations, but it does offer this insight: There is no more juice left in the strangers-connected-by-coincidence story line.
July 24, 2009
Shrink starts promisingly, but Jonas Pate directs his fine cast straight into a swamp of schmaltz as every loose thread of plot gets patly resolved.
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