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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
February 27, 2009
Madonna's direction isn't half-bad...too bad she chose a poor script teeming with uninteresting characters
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 13, 2008
Either Madonna failed to successfully guide her movie to a coherent state of mind or she simply has no gift for filmmaking. A case could be made for both, though the latter is an awfully tempting summarization of Filth and Wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
This is a terrible, terrible worthless movie that you shouldn't give any time to.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
I'm confident the material girl has more good material for movies ahead of her.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
November 7, 2008
If this were the first film of a 17-year-old who got a camcorder for his birthday...it could be called a promising first effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
November 7, 2008
It's sweeter and sunnier than its material suggests, but not smarter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2008
Does anyone remember when Madonna was considered shocking?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 31, 2008
Imagine having a philosophical discussion with Madonna. I imagine it would be like having one with any other high school dropout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 31, 2008
At 84 minutes, the movie feels both overpadded and underdeveloped.
| Original Score: 1/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 30, 2008
Madonna's directing debut shows that the megastar did not learn a lot about film craft and creates a routine, occasional amusing debut oeuvre. It should have been a more mature work and it is not.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 30, 2008
Message to the director: Don't quit your day job just yet, but in the category of multidisciplinary artists moonlighting as filmmakers, I'll take you over Julian Schnabel any day.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
October 30, 2008
There's no wisdom in this script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 29, 2008
As Bart Simpson once said of NAKED LUNCH, I can think of two things wrong with this title.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
October 28, 2008
Curiosity-seekers may trickle in, but despite the deliberate move to release the flick unrated, there's nothing in here to merit a raised eyebrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 27, 2008
At 83 minutes, it's tedious, pretentious, and just plain boring. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing does.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2008
Nothing in this cynical bit of claptrap feels remotely real.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 24, 2008
This is a movie that's just sort of there, and nobody much would have paid any attention to it without the Madonna connection. And chances are nobody much will even with that connection.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
October 24, 2008
For an artist who has spent so much of her career reinventing herself to lead pop culture, not to mention fatten her pocketbook, Madonna seems at her most sincere behind this camera. She coaxes genuine moments from the three principals.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 24, 2008
Madonna has made a career out of toying with image and ego, but this is a vanity project in the smallest sense possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 24, 2008
Madonna shoots it all like a home movie made by someone who has been on the other side of the camera so often, doing music videos, reality no longer feels remotely real.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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