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The Devil Wears Prada Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2008
An agreeably shallow comedy.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
Anne Hathaway is Patricia Field's latest fashion victim in this limp semi-satire.
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Time Out
October 5, 2006
The whole thing is humbug, a giant ad for the industry it affects to critique.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 15, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is two films in one: a caustic, energetic satire of the fashion world and a cautionary melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 12, 2006
The biggest problem with the movie, however, is that it tries to make a big deal out of a subject that has been beaten to death in the tabloids and the media.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 12, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is primarily an occasion to celebrate Meryl Streep as a grand comedienne.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 10, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada tells a familiar story, and it never goes much below the surface of what it has to tell. Still, what a surface!
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 5, 2006
A fun, entertaining date movie.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is a clear case of able actors elevating an ordinary script, a movie that's as entertaining to watch as it's easy to predict.
| Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 1, 2006
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Clifford Pugh
Houston Chronicle
June 30, 2006
A lightweight chick flick that, despite gaping plot holes, will likely be a favorite of anyone who adores pretty women in pretty clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 30, 2006
The comic appeal of The Devil Wears Prada is the cinematic equivalent of a size 2 -- wafer-thin and ultimately lacking in meat and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 30, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is an awards season attraction that somehow escaped into the temperate months of the super and the silly, all the more reason to applaud its audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 30, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is a movie that revels in pleasure: the pleasure of fashion, of luxury, of power and ambition. It's also a tremendous pleasure to watch.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 30, 2006
Single-handedly, Streep lifts Prada from adequate chick flick into intoxicating character study.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 30, 2006
Prada just feels authentic, from its glossy look to the specific and sometimes curious behavior of the secondary and tertiary characters. To watch it is like being entertained while getting an anthropological crash course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 30, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is sassy, smart and sophisticated, a Working Girl for the new millennium.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 30, 2006
It's all very light and pleasurable, and for fashionistas it's as fun as a sample shoe sale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 30, 2006
The movie is no thigh-slapper, by any means, but veteran TV director David Frankel (Sex and the City) has given it a consistently whimsical touch.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 30, 2006
Aside from Streep, the movie feels curiously light -- a timid satire afraid of upsetting the industry it derides.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 30, 2006
This is a breezy and enjoyable piece of pop entertainment -- a welcome reminder of what Hollywood used to be good at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 30, 2006
Slight but entertaining, The Devil Wears Prada is an ugly duckling-Cinderella tale set in the fashion industry, in which the wicked stepmother is far more interesting than the princess-to-be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 30, 2006
It's unlikely to change anyone's life or even anyone's dress size, but The Devil Wears Prada provides a pleasing helping of light satire and a chance for Meryl Streep to slip into another terrific performance.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 30, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada has the look of many studio movies. But if you pay heed to the craft in the details, there's satisfying quality here.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 30, 2006
Malice sparkles in The Devil Wears Prada. The fashion-world comedy achieves this plum by resuscitating the almost-dead virtue of dynamic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 30, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is being positioned as a movie for grown-ups and others who know what, or who, or when, or where, Prada is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 30, 2006
While the picture isn't brilliant, it is, at its most entertaining, a kicky, surprisingly astute throwback to bygone Hollywood social comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2006
At once coolly indifferent and fanatically detail-obsessed, coiffed off-white hair emphasizing a hawk's hooded gaze, Streep is the scariest, most nuanced, funniest movie villainess since Tilda Swinton's nazified White Witch.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 29, 2006
Crafted like a high end TV show, it's a sort of video Vogue -- lite, brite and trite.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2006
A sharp, surprisingly funny excursion into the catty realm of women's magazines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 29, 2006
What makes the film more than fairly good fluff is Streep's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 29, 2006
Meryl Streep inspires both terror and a measure of awe as the imperious editor of a glossy fashion magazine in the screen version of Lauren Weisberger's best-selling novel.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 29, 2006
Fun, flirty, spirited, sexy, you can't take your eyes off it. You've gotta have it. And then just as powerfully as it bursts onto the scene and commands your attention, it dies.
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Jennifer Frey
Washington Post
June 29, 2006
Streep makes it work. Streep makes it fun. Best known for her dramatic brilliance, Streep has done strong comedic turns in the past, and this performance is a reminder of that, and then some.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 29, 2006
A very clever adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's bestselling novel.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 29, 2006
Zings with unzipped quips about the insular universe of rag mags, where the length of a hemline and color of a season are accorded moral significance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 29, 2006
The film is delightful -- what Sex and the City could have been with intelligence and real wit instead of rote bitchiness.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 29, 2006
The laughs were largely missing from the whiny book -- which is to this movie what Wrangler jeans are to John Galliano's fall collection.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 29, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is crisper, less self-righteous and mercifully shorter than its intermittently funny but interminable source.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 29, 2006
Consider The Devil Wears Prada an attractive makeover of the original [book].
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 29, 2006
Killer cast, killer clothes, killer laughs. And best of all, you don't have to know the difference between Donna Karan and Donna Summer to delight in the film's wicked workplace politics.
| Original Score: A-
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 29, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada devotes an unfortunate amount of its running time to much less interesting business involving Anne Hathaway as a fresh-out-of-college aspiring journalist who lands an internship at Streep's magazine even though she knows nothi
| Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 28, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is the first classy, elegant and really entertaining film of 2006.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 26, 2006
Dramatically anorexic.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 26, 2006
If there's any drama here, it's slender -- maybe a size 2.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2006
Clothes to die for and an outrageous fashion diva compete for attention in this dishy comedy.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 23, 2006
Everyone knows that Meryl Streep is the high priestess of drama, but she never gets enough credit for her comedy skills. That should change with The Devil Wears Prada.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 23, 2006
Streep single-handedly elevates this sitcomy but tolerably entertaining adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's bestselling 2003 roman a clef.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 21, 2006
It's Streep who pops our flashbulbs.
Full Review | Original Score: B