Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 30
  2. Negative: 16 out of 30
  1. Breathless and petite yet powerfully in-your-face, Fisher combines dizzy femininity and no-nonsense verve in the manner of a classic screwball heroine. She's like Carole Lombard reborn as a tiny angel-faced dynamo.
  2. Reviewed by: Athima Chansanchai
    If cheesy, feel-good riches-to-reason romantic comedies are yours, this is your fix. It's a harmless indulgence that, like shopping, may make you feel good for the short term, but later you'll need more.
  3. 63
    It glories in its silliness, and the actors are permitted the sort of goofy acting that distinguished screwball comedy. We get double takes, slow burns, pratfalls, exploding clothes wardrobes, dropped trays, tear-away dresses, missing maids of honor, overnight fame, public disgrace and not, amazingly, a single obnoxious cat or dog.
  4. 63
    This movie has no light to shed on the matter. It is its own contradiction: a film about confessions in which nothing much is confessed.
  5. Reviewed by: Krista Soriano
    As unrealistic as the talking mannequins, but we’re pleasantly surprised by how good this movie makes us feel.
  6. 58
    The degree to which Shopaholic actually works is a testament to the looks, charm, and comedic chops of Fisher, who stole "Wedding Crashers" and has a gift for slapstick that places her somewhere between Téa Leoni and Lucille Ball in the pantheon of foxy redheaded physical comediennes.
  7. 50
    Confessions is no more than a painless time-waster. But the beguiling Fisher is well worth the investment.
  8. The film's recycled nature is most evident in director P.J. Hogan's attempt to marry the farcical hijinks of an "I Love Lucy" episode to an addiction scenario that would not be out of place in "The Lost Weekend."
  9. The problem nipping at the designer heels of Confessions is not the state of the economy but, rather, the film's predictability.
  10. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Though you might wonder whether there's room in a movie marketplace that already feels overstocked with romantic comedies, Confessions of a Shopaholic arrives fashionably late and dressed to kill.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    As a young lady who can't say no to a beautiful dress or accessory, Isla Fisher is not to be denied, and her irrepressible comic personality overcomes a number of the film's impediments.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Rebecca may owe everybody for everything, but Fisher definitely owns the movie. She is the only one outside of Ritter who gives a bona fide performance.
  13. It's not the retro attitudes in "Confessions" that bother me (at least not much). It's the lack of laughs.
  14. There are some mildly amusing turns from costars like Kristin Scott Thomas, playing an icy editor, and Robert Stanton, as her frustrated debt collector.
  15. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    A thin, largely unfunny comedy that marries lazy filmmaking with bad timing.
  16. 38
    The problem with Confessions of a Shopaholic isn't conspicuous consumption. It's ostentatious idiocy.
  17. The end product is surprisingly charmless -- a shrill "Devil Wears Prada"/"Bridget Jones"/"Sex and the City" knockoff that keeps threatening to fall apart at the seams.
  18. Reviewed by: Thomas Rogers
    A loud, garish and very untimely romantic comedy.
  19. If the movie didn't pander so madly to the audience for "Sex and the City" and "Legally Blonde," it might have been a comedy touchstone instead of a cringeworthy footnote.
  20. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    If you spin out the unintended analogy of Confessions of a Shopaholic to the current financial crisis, the film starts to mutate from a not-that-funny comedy into a tragic allegory.
  21. The production renders totally irrelevant all hopes for a well-made movie. It's one of those ragged, pandemonious studio comedies that hammers at plot points in every contrived scene.
  22. 30
    Put this one back on the shelf, and walk away.
  23. 25
    The comedy is slapstick, the colors Day Glo, the outcome inevitable.
  24. 25
    Confessions of a Shopaholic -- a "Devil Wears Prada" for Chico's customers.
  25. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    It's a shame that "Confessions" doesn't aim higher because there is a great film to be made about the consumer bait-and-switch that has led so many Americans to live beyond their means.
  26. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    Lets down both its actress and the audience.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Not only is it an unfunny movie shrilly told, it probably is the most ill-timed and appallingly insulting movie in recent memory.
  28. 25
    It has been a long time since I came as close to walking out of a movie as I did with Confessions of a Shopaholic. Not only did I find this production to be irritating, unfunny, and lacking in entertainment value, but I found its underlying slavishness to a culture of consumption to be morally repugnant.
  29. I think that the perfect name for the chick in a chick flick is Rebecca Bloomwood. I know that if Charles Dickens had possessed the good sense to write chick flicks, he could not have done better than Rebecca Bloomwood.
  30. Plays like both a supremely outmoded chick-lit adaptation and an outrageously obscene gesture as the economy continues to swallow up livelihoods, homes, and hope.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 12 out of 27
  1. Jun 22, 2013
    One of the best romantic-comedies I've ever seen. I don't know why some people hate it that much. It used jokes, which are so dull, soOne of the best romantic-comedies I've ever seen. I don't know why some people hate it that much. It used jokes, which are so dull, so smartly, that you could do nothing but laugh. The fact is, that even though, the cast was excpetional and the message of the movie was unique, the plot was kind of expectable. It always is hard to transfer a book into a movie! Fiser is really talented and the portrayal of a shopacholic really suited her. It was an enjoyable movie, with much laugh and amazing message. The fact that it was expectable, isn't important, because as I was watching the movie, everything happened so fast, that you didn't think: ''Oh I was sure this was going to happen! Very optimistic and with promising actors, in my opinion. Full Review »
  2. Sep 15, 2011
    CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC was like a chick flick gone terrible. I can admit that I do enjoy some chick flicks (such as SWEET HOME ALABAMACONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC was like a chick flick gone terrible. I can admit that I do enjoy some chick flicks (such as SWEET HOME ALABAMA and JUST GO WITH IT), but this was one of those, "OMG! It's SHOPPING day! We gotta get down and PARTY girls! Let's go to the MALL!"-type of movies. Is that really your type of movie? Even if you are a "shopaholic" (quote-unquote) yourself, it just appears stupid to waste a whole hour and forty-four minutes of your life watching a stupid chick show that she CLEARLY doesn't know how to handle her money, along with keeping away from her ex-boyfriend ("'cause OMG! He's such a stalkerrrrr"). Full Review »
  3. Aug 21, 2011
    It's not bad. You have to know what to expect. It's simply a cute movie. You just have to know that, and you'll be fine with it. It's the kindIt's not bad. You have to know what to expect. It's simply a cute movie. You just have to know that, and you'll be fine with it. It's the kind of movie I'd recommend for a rent, or to watch when it comes on tv. Will you be moved to tears or bust out of your chair laughing? Probably not, but if you just want to watch something easy, that you can just sit down and enjoy, this is a good one. Full Review »