• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Albert Brooks
    In Theaters:
    Aug 1, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2001
  • October Films
  • The Muse
    2 minutes 25 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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The Muse Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The screenplay, despite containing a number of droll one-liners and a pair of deliciously funny scenes, possesses a turgid, directionless feel.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

One of the more obnoxious movies of the past 200 years.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/10

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Typically fresh and idiosyncratic in the writing but often flat directorially.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I thought Brooks mailed this script in.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

January 1, 2000
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

The lead performances of Brooks, MacDowell, and Stone are critical to the story's success, and ultimately fall flat.

| Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Like the character he plays here, Albert Brooks needed someone or something to re-inspire him while working on this plodding comedy.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 30, 2009
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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There are lots of punchy lines, but the one-joke movie doesn't have all that much to say.

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

This intelligent if not entirely satisfactory film should please Brooks' hardcore fans, but should have a harder time entertaining the average moviegoer.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

In its story of a terrible filmmaker, it almost manages to explain the madness behind why Brooks still gets to crank out excrement like this.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

March 7, 2002
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

The clear potential that The Muse possesses only makes the final product even more of a disappointment.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com

Full Review Source: CinemaSense.Com | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

A hit-and-miss affair, banking a bit too much on its one joke premise.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

A writer and comic who's the best when he's the nastiest, Brooks creates for himself a character that's way too accommodating and sweet.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room

In The Muse, Brooks makes a mistake he's never made before: he starts with a situation comedy, then never moves beyond the situation.

Full Review Source: Scott Renshaw's Screening Room | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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More stupefying than entertaining.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Ernest Hardy
Film.com
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What's most surprising about The Muse is how derivative, cliche-ridden and old-hat it is.

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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An embarrassment.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Mike Higgins
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

January 1, 2000
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

January 1, 2000
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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January 1, 2000
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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April 27, 2007

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January 1, 2000

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January 1, 2000

E! Online
January 1, 2000

Movieline
January 9, 2002
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