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Made-Up Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
February 1, 2004
The few meaningful moments occasionally generated are all but engulfed by fussy, meaningless distraction and wandering trivialities
| Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 17, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
January 20, 2004
A ham-fisted satire on the American obsession with appearance, Made-Up is ultimately self-defeating and even offensive.
Timothy Knight
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
January 22, 2004
The well-intentioned but wobbly directing debut of character actor Tony Shalhoub tries to be many things -- romantic comedy, mockumentary, a satire on beauty and aging -- but ends up succeeding at none.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 21, 2004
It's a family affair that unfortunately looks too much like a feature-length home movie.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
May 30, 2003
It appears that something has been lost in the translation to the screen.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 18, 2003
While a harmless enough diversion, proves to be a relatively feeble--and rather precious--little comedy-drama about aging and parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2004
Maddeningly unfocused and scattershot.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 24, 2004
Both painfully self-indulgent and awkwardly self-conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
March 24, 2004
This tiresome movie feels too flimsy for the waters beyond the film festival circuit.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
February 6, 2004
If Made-Up sounds all over the place, it is. And we don't suggest you follow.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 7, 2002
A witty coming-of-middle-age comedy with hilarious performances by first-time director Tony Shalhoub and wife Brooke Adams.
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