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Isn't She Great Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Midler's character is empty, boring, selfish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
December 14, 2006
The most notable aspect of this trashy (but unenjoyable) biopic of Jacquleine Susann, Valley of the Doll's best-selling author, is its running time (93 minutes); Bette Midler and Nathan Lane give two of their worst and broadest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Every joke and every scene collapses and blows away before it's finished.
James Sanford
James Sanford on Film
June 10, 2002
gives its heroine all the rough edges of a throw pillow... Susann couldn't write sentiment convincingly and neither can Rudnick.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
If you're looking for laughs, give Valley of the Dolls another read instead.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Lane's sweetness, his naughty wiliness and his dapper charm all make his performance wonderful to watch.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Here is a movie that needed great trash, great sex and great gossip, and at all the crucial moments Susann is talking to a tree.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
What's not there is the ability to stitch together the light tone of screwball comedy with the uncomfortable business of real biography.

Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Isn't She Great is anything but.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Working in campy harmony, director Bergman and writer Paul Rudnick milk the jokes and the pathos out of every scene, brought to life by the excellent supporting ensemble.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Isn't She Great is an oxymoron.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com
January 1, 2000
Some funny moments and strong cast, but ultimately a disappointing story with little depth or interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Occasionally lifeless.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A sluggish, joyless attempt at comedy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A wannabe satire shackled by misplaced reverence.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Just plain bad.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Amusing, light entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
[Midler] must contend with Andrew Bergman's uncharacteristically slack direction and a pallid script by Paul Rudnick that has a faxed-in feel to it.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Leaves an unintentional unpleasant aftertaste.
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Cheesy and predictable.
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