Shopgirl Reviews

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November 18, 2005
A slim, charming, romantic story, full of intentionally mild humor about strong themes -- passion, commitment, loneliness.
November 18, 2005
A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.
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.
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.
November 4, 2005
Where the book was preciously and carefully crafted, the movie just feels precious.
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.
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.
November 4, 2005
A movie of exceptional delicacy, so much so that Shopgirl comes close to turning its quietness into a virtue.
November 4, 2005
A faithful and engaging adaptation, adding Martin's skills as a screenwriter and actor to his fiction talents.
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.
October 30, 2005
A flawed but captivating gem.
October 29, 2005
Shopgirl's feathery plot is lifted by three sterling performances.
October 28, 2005
A case of precise observation of nothing. It's like looking through a microscope at an empty slide.
October 28, 2005
An oddly dreary love story, seemingly taking place in slow-motion.
October 28, 2005
A film of wisdom, emotional subtlety and power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 27, 2005
A tender and perceptive film.
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