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Confessions of a Shopaholic Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 25, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nina Caplan
Time Out
February 19, 2009
If you want gritty realism, see an arthouse movie. Or shop in a pound store. As journalist Rebecca, Isla Fisher is silly and adorable - just like this adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
February 17, 2009
Here [Fisher] is giving it everything she's got and it's just not enough.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
February 17, 2009
This is a movie that is warning us against the dangers of being slaves to labels while at the same time celebrating those same designer brands.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 17, 2009
Isla Fisher is such a bundle of comic energy that watching her spin her wheels in the aggressively unfunny Confessions of a Shopaholic counts as cruel and unusual punishment -- for her as well as for us.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
February 14, 2009
[T]his adaptation is really just about buying the 'brand,' and--like the retailers in the film--selling America something it already had.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 13, 2009
The production renders totally irrelevant all hopes for a well-made movie. It's one of those ragged, pandemonious studio comedies that hammers at plot points in every contrived scene.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 13, 2009
Not only is it an unfunny movie shrilly told, it probably is the most ill-timed and appallingly insulting movie in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 13, 2009
It's very hard to watch a wild-eyed woman engage in an orgy of avarice using a fan of maxed-out cards when so many have lost so much - even if there is a message within the madness, that fiscal responsibility is the true key to happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
February 13, 2009
Could there be a worse time to revisit the indulgences of the '00s?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 13, 2009
Note to would-be financial journalists: No one cares about your personal musings. Not even at Portfolio.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 13, 2009
Here we are, only nine months after the Sex and the City movie, and an obsessive spender with an overstuffed closet -and credit card bills to match- no longer seems quite so cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 13, 2009
There is so much wrong with Confessions of a Shopaholic -- timing, execution, resolution and moral stance, to name a few -- that it's hard to know where to begin.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 13, 2009
It was hard to shake the worry that a fizzy comedy about debt would be about as wrong for our current woes as uncorking a bottle of champagne. Confessions is definitely slight.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
February 13, 2009
Too bad. It could have been more, and its audience deserves better.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 13, 2009
Put this one back on the shelf, and walk away.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2009
If there is a single bright spot in the financial crisis, it is the possibility that one day producer Jerry Bruckheimer will run out of money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 13, 2009
Strains far too hard for comedy that seldom erupts with full force and inevitably betrays a free-spending mindset that now feels gone with the wind.
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 13, 2009
Isla Fisher is carrying this often stylish comedy on her Prada-upholstered back.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 13, 2009
Like the flailing American economy, Confessions of a Shopaholic wants to eat its cake and have its spiritual redemption too. (Talk about timing!)
| Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 12, 2009
A schizophrenic apologia for its own existence, Confessions tries to poise itself as a cautionary film against overspending, even as it pans longingly over rows of sherbet colored shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Thomas Rogers
Salon.com
February 12, 2009
A loud, garish and very untimely romantic comedy.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2009
Though you might wonder whether there's room in a movie marketplace that already feels overstocked with romantic comedies, Confessions of a Shopaholic arrives fashionably late and dressed to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 12, 2009
"Coraline" is more grounded in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 12, 2009
Confessions is no more than a painless time-waster. But the beguiling Fisher is well worth the investment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 12, 2009
With any luck Confessions will end up as a tipping point, signaling the moment that women finally stopped paying to see themselves look stupid on screen. That would be quite a bargain.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 12, 2009
Overall Shopaholic seems to be standing in an empty station, waving a futile hand at a train long gone.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 12, 2009
If you spin out the unintended analogy of Confessions of a Shopaholic to the current financial crisis, the film starts to mutate from a not-that-funny comedy into a tragic allegory.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 12, 2009
I didn't much like Shopaholic, but, boy, did Fisher make me laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 12, 2009
Had Confessions been truer to its chick-lit novel inspiration, the movie could have been fizzily enjoyable instead of sickening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 12, 2009
Fantasy here usually comes at reality's expense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
February 12, 2009
Rebecca is the Lucy Ricardo of profligate spending.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 12, 2009
Fisher makes for a winning Cinderella, but by its third act, this hokey, old-fashioned vehicle turns back into a pumpkin.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 12, 2009
I did not know that mannequins in Manhattan store windows could actually talk. I did not find their performance in the least wooden.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 12, 2009
The plotting is on automatic pilot. It needs Chesley B. Sullenberger III.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 12, 2009
Part shopping fantasy, part cautionary debt tale and all chick flick, Confessions of a Shopaholic is like Sex and the City with a lower IQ.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2009
The packaging is appealing, but the previously owned contents are flimsy.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 11, 2009
Bad timing is merely one of this rom-com's lesser problems; the abundance of wasted talent on display is an even bigger concern.
| Original Score: 2/6
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 11, 2009
There really is no appropriate moment for a shrill onslaught that perpetuates the worst stereotypes about female materialism.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 11, 2009
From its talking storewindow mannequins to its sneaky debauched heroine, the movie is romantic-comedy fizz, but it's fizz that bubbles like champagne.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 11, 2009
I can't really recommend this movie in these perilous times, except for viewers in search of a nostalgic chuckle or two.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 11, 2009
A dizzy and chic chick picture for our times, this hit-or-miss comedy is about the perils of conspicuous consumption, the void that shopping fills in some souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 10, 2009
Confessions of a Shopaholic plays like both a supremely outmoded chick-lit adaptation and an outrageously obscene gesture as the economy continues to swallow up livelihoods, homes, and hope.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 9, 2009
If the movie didn't pander so madly to the audience for Sex and the City and Legally Blonde, it might have been a comedy touchstone instead of a cringeworthy footnote.