Shopgirl Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
December 6, 2005
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 18, 2005
A slim, charming, romantic story, full of intentionally mild humor about strong themes -- passion, commitment, loneliness.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 18, 2005
A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 14, 2005
The sheer charm of Ms. Danes' performance, combined with the convincingly resigned sadness of Mr. Martin and the intense sincerity of the singularly uncharismatic Mr. Schwartzman, make this a deeply bittersweet film experience.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 4, 2005
You get the feeling Martin's not really committed to his movie about a man who won't commit. And he keeps us from committing, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2005
Where the book was preciously and carefully crafted, the movie just feels precious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 4, 2005
It's a quiet, amusing, sad and hopeful film about the dissonance between age and youth, commitment and freedom, growth and stagnation.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 4, 2005
It's not a lack of originality that makes Shopgirl too Saks for its own good; it's the attempt to make a distinctive item into a blue-light special that betrays it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 4, 2005
A movie of exceptional delicacy, so much so that Shopgirl comes close to turning its quietness into a virtue.
| Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 4, 2005
A faithful and engaging adaptation, adding Martin's skills as a screenwriter and actor to his fiction talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 3, 2005
Shopgirl doesn't reach any cosmic conclusions. Nor is it intended to. But as an observation of recognizable emotions, it's a shining memento.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 30, 2005
A flawed but captivating gem.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 29, 2005
Shopgirl's feathery plot is lifted by three sterling performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 28, 2005
A case of precise observation of nothing. It's like looking through a microscope at an empty slide.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 28, 2005
An oddly dreary love story, seemingly taking place in slow-motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2005
A film of wisdom, emotional subtlety and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 28, 2005
Without realizing it, the film becomes an ode to middle-aged male lechery of a literate sort; it plays like Left Coast Woody Allen, and I don't mean that as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2005
The movie isn't downright bad, but it's disappointing and forgettable, failing to emulate Allen or anybody else worth a darn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2005
It's delicate stuff, and it's been brought to the screen with grace, humor and a mood that's wonderfully (here comes another of those film review words) bittersweet.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 27, 2005
Danes, who does more with a wary or puzzled smile than most performers can do with an Oscar-baiting monologue, makes an uneven film worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2005
A tender and perceptive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 27, 2005
Sparse but effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 26, 2005
I liked Shopgirl a lot, mainly because its heart is in the right place and because it is so refreshingly unpretentious.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 24, 2005
The Steve Martin character in particular is fascinating, because he is a gentleman, but he's also an S.O.B.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 21, 2005
There were some things I liked about Shopgirl, the film adaptation of Steve Martin's bestselling novella. I write those words with teeth firmly clenched, because it's basically a dreadful film that should never have been made.
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October 21, 2005
Shopgirl is sadly vacuous, with a sadly vacuous center.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 21, 2005
The May-December thing worked in Lost in Translation and it works here, thanks to the perceptive and gracefully romantic script that Martin has adapted from his novella.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 21, 2005
Danes' performance is a grace note in a movie that is otherwise misguided. The adaptation of Martin's bestselling novella lacks the flow and depth of its source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2005
With its somber air, its plaintive score of strings and its meditations on loneliness, this love triangle starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman suggests Pretty Woman as remade by François Truffaut.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 21, 2005
Martin is so flat and uninteresting in the role, you have to imagine charms that aren't apparent. There is no chemistry between the characters, because Martin brought no chemistry to the set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 21, 2005
Written, starring and co-produced by Martin, the film is directed by Anand Tucker (Hilary and Jackie) with the studied dreaminess of a perfume ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
October 20, 2005
Like his silver-maned paramour, the film ultimately lets Mirabelle down and leaves the viewer dissatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2005
Shopgirl is a wistful account of the yearlong love affair between a 50-year-old millionaire and a lonely, debt-saddled service sector serf in her 20s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 20, 2005
Shopgirl, written by Steve Martin, based on his slender novel of the same name, is an elegant and exquisitely tailored romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 20, 2005
Whether intentionally or not, Martin has given us something truly spooky: A full-fledged portrait of a hollow man.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 20, 2005
Wise and scrupulously honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
October 20, 2005
It's a film filled with hope and yearning, love misdirected and truer feelings found.
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AV Club
October 20, 2005
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 19, 2005
In their way, Mirabelle and Ray are the deracinated West Coast equivalents of a Woody Allen couple -- she a lovely, somber thing who can't resist his erudition, he a proud snob who only thinks he's confessing his flaws with admirable honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
October 18, 2005
A wan, world-weary representation of anomie, loneliness, and low expectations, dressed up in the ill-fitting designer duds of the studio rom-com.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 17, 2005
A smart, adult romance that rarely panders to clichés, and gives up the heady bliss of most such movies in favor of something bittersweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 12, 2005
A smartly reconstituted yet largely faithful adaptation of his precisely crafted novella about the mixed signals, misinterpretations and melancholy life lessons that define bittersweet romance.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2005
Certainly has the goods but it ultimately fails to make the sale.