Made-Up Reviews

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April 23, 2004
A lot like Tammy Faye Bakker; you just know it has good intentions, but it ends up as a smeary facsimile of what it wants to be.
March 26, 2004
Delivers billboard-sized messages about preconceptions of beauty and youth..., before the whole thing goes off the rails into a forced and humorless farce.
March 25, 2004
Salvaged by one meta-read that carries some weight as Shalhoub, an Arab-American of Lebanese descent, directs a film about the ills of stereotyping based on appearance.
March 24, 2004
This tiresome movie feels too flimsy for the waters beyond the film festival circuit.
March 21, 2004
It's a family affair that unfortunately looks too much like a feature-length home movie.
March 12, 2004
It wants, as Kate says about her documentary, to be a 'seminal work on beauty and aging.' But it wears like a gauzy romantic comedy.
February 17, 2004
February 9, 2004
Droll... but too psychologically fuzzy to engender more than of-the-moment laughs, Made-Up ping-pongs from cultural satire to wan proclamations of 'sisterhood.'
February 6, 2004
Resorts to tired shtick and soap-opera-level tensions to drive its points home with all the subtlety of a brick flung through a window.
February 6, 2004
The film wants to satirize both our fixation on appearances and reality filmmaking, but its strained humor and litany of cliches add little to either topic.
February 6, 2004
If Made-Up sounds all over the place, it is. And we don't suggest you follow.
February 5, 2004
A comedy with lots going on and with considerable depth and complexity.
February 5, 2004
It's hard to resist this family affair.
February 5, 2004
Voice-overs and commentaries are piled on top of contrived intimate moments until, despite some easygoing performances, the movie -- the actual movie -- is a blur of undercooked motivations and halfhearted improv.
February 1, 2004
The few meaningful moments occasionally generated are all but engulfed by fussy, meaningless distraction and wandering trivialities
January 31, 2004
A fun, irresistibly charming movie.
January 30, 2004
Made-Up is a funny film that catches the different shades of beauty in the lives of a small cross-cut of women.
January 29, 2004
The rest of the cast spend so much time trying to avoid tripping over each other and the electric wires strewn all over the carpets that the suspension of disbelief becomes an increasingly strenuous chore.
January 24, 2004
Both painfully self-indulgent and awkwardly self-conscious.
January 23, 2004
Shalhoub's direction is smart, the dialogue is tart and the Adams' family shares a palpable intimacy that translates directly onto the screen.
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