Personal Shopper (2017)


Critic Consensus: Personal Shopper attempts a tricky series of potentially jarring tonal shifts with varying results, bolstered by a performance from Kristen Stewart that's impossible to ignore.


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Olivier Assayas, the internationally-acclaimed director of Clouds of Sils Maria and Summer Hours, returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.

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Kristen Stewart
as Maureen Cartwright
Hammou Graïa
as Police Officer
Benjamin Biolay
as Victor Hugo
Audrey Bonnet
as Cassandre
Aurelia Petit
as Chanel Press Attache
Olivia Ross
as Attachée de presse maison de couture Londres
Thibault Lacroix
as Attachée de presse maison de couture Paris
Calypso Valois
as Assistante séance photo
Benoit Peverelli
as Photographer
Dan Belhassen
as Cardiologist
Léo Haidar
as Kyra's Lawyer
Mickaël Laplack
as Réceptionniste de l'hôtel
Mickaël Laplack
as Hotel Receptionist
Vianney Duault
as Vendeur Cartier
Célia Ouallouche
as Louboutin Receptionist
Célia Ouallouche
as Réceptionniste Louboutin
Khaled Rawahi
as Oman Driver
Julie Rouart
as Saleswoman
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Critic Reviews for Personal Shopper

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (41)

Stewart is in nearly every scene, and she's phenomenal.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

A riveting, impossible-to-shake masterwork that leaves the audience spooked, not by its telling but by its commitment to abstract themes of grief, solitude and coming of age.

Mar 24, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Personal Shopper" is tough to pin down, but it's a strange and stunning ride - haunting without being hokey, with surprises around every turn.

Mar 24, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The production is in equal parts mesmerizing and perplexing, intriguing and frustrating.

Mar 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Assayas is among France's most respected filmmakers, but just what he was attempting to do with this film is something of a mystery.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Personal Shopper" draws you in, interesting from all angles.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Personal Shopper

Kristen is good and the slow pace didn’t bother me, but there is literally no resolution in this movie. Who was texting her? Who was the killer? Was the ghost her brother? Almost two hours patiently watching and you’ll never know. Yeah. That’s a bit of a problem. I can use my imagination to some extent but not for an entire movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

The story rather interestingly hypothesizes that ghost sightings have less to do with otherworldly dimensions than the mental and emotional state of those who experience the same. And so a film delving onto the psyche of a young woman undergoing some shit. I liked it mostly, with some parts being mesmerizing, while still an uneven effort.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Hitchcockian? Defnitely not! Although I like some scenes and the ambiance in general, one out of two: either Olivier Assayas had a very structured story in his head but failed bad in putting it out, or the whole movie was nothing but an excuse to undress Kristen Stewart and satisfy his fantasies. Let´s face it: with the exception of Maureen, all other characters are almost nonexistent and to such an extension that pretty much the entire cast gives us the most mechanical and terrible acting. Even if intentional once Personal Shopper is basically an one-character story, if secondary roles are not strong enough the story must be, and that´s exactly what it is not. In much better ways loneliness and alienation (Angela Schanelec´s "Marseille", to just mention one; and Kelly Reichardt´s "Wendy and Lucy" and "Ceratin Women"), and mourning and loss ("This Summer Feeling" and, why not?, "The Truth About Emanuel") have already been portrayed. For the scaring parts I can´t say much once I am not fond at all of horror movies, but I would like it better if it had taken a more subtle approach. As soon as the Fox sisters were mentioned I knew things were definitely doomed, however, the texting scene brought a certain spark of hope. I was expecting the story to take a different turn, a more realistic one I admit, once it was clear from message one who was texting Maureen, whose vulnerability was so visible and touchable that she could be easily driven over the edge. "Are you alive or dead?" Really? You´re asking to be trolled.

Rubia  Carolina
Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer


Unfortunately Personal Shopper, despite some promising moments, becomes an incoherent--albeit stylish--mess with no clear sense of self or direction. Stewart's understated skill would have worked in a better written, better directed film. However, Personal Shopper doesn't give her enough space or time, leaving the performance mostly underwhelming--if not at times, misplaced. What is most frustrating is that there were certainly elements of the film, if strung together in another lifetime, that would have made for an endearing thriller.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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