Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 14 out of 33
  1. 75
    The long closing sequence is virtuoso, redefining what went before and requiring Murphy to become a more complex character than she gave any hint of in the opening scenes.
  2. Though trailers for Little Black Book try to sell it as a zany romantic comedy, don't judge this book by its cover. Those who stick with it will be surprised and maybe even laugh in between a tear or two.
  3. 75
    Actually an above-average farce, at least as featherweight chick flicks go.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    70
    This deviously funny comedy doubles as workplace satire and anthem to the American career woman.
  5. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    67
    Still, given the fact that it's August, you could do worse than hide out from the heat with the cute-as-a-bug Murphy, who manages to be funny and entertaining despite the material.
  6. A teen comedy that possesses a wickedly satirical streak.
  7. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    Yeah. Light and fluffy it may be, but this is undeniably entertaining stuff.
  8. The result is a film with an identity crisis, a fluffy romantic farce that gets progressively darker, more destructive and finally so downright demented that the featherweight story line is crushed under the weight of brutal, unpleasant truth.
  9. A spicy critique of tabloid TV is buried in romantic-comedy material that strains too hard for cuteness. Ditto for Murphy's acting.
  10. 50
    Together (Hunter/Murphy) they're actually sort of fun to watch, and it's amusing to realize, not quite halfway through the film, that its most potent chemistry exists between them.
  11. A screechy chick-flick relationship comedy with a lot of things working for and against it - mostly against it.
  12. 50
    The jaw-droppingly nasty second act is intriguing, but it veers into territory so dark that it sucks the air out of the bouncy chick flick that surrounds it, making for one confused -- and confusing -- comedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Hunter is far too talented to waste her time with such mediocre material, as is co-star Kathy Bates, who plays Kippie Kann, an overbearing talk-show host.
  14. 50
    Ron Livingstone plays his part relatively straight, and, as a result, comes out unscathed.
  15. 50
    Casual moviegoers looking for a bubbly romantic comedy with Brittany Murphy will get more than they bargained for in Little Black Book, which builds to a nasty twist that's more Lars von Trier than Meg Ryan.
  16. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    40
    Even the inclusion of Simon's classic songs isn't enough to solve all the problems of this comedic misfire.
  17. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    40
    It's an irrefutably bad movie, littered with paper-thin characters, crummy dialogue and a mawkish undercurrent that wells up any time it starts to resemble something smarter and snappier. Yet it is somehow redeemed by Murphy's agreeably quirky performance in a horribly underwritten role.
  18. Offering few laughs and a climactic scene of breathtaking cruelty, this plot-heavy movie, directed by Nick Hurran from a screenplay by Melissa Carter and Elisa Bell, draws you into its malignant force field against your will.
  19. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    40
    Lacks so much as a single fresh idea; it lacks an entertaining way of presenting its stale ideas, too.
  20. Looking for plausibility in a farce is like looking for a million dollars in a box of breakfast cereal, but elements of real life can make a comedy resonate instead of thud. Little Black Book does the latter.
  21. Reviewed by: Nicole Perri
    38
    Overall, Little Black Book is the cinematic equivalent of chic lit--mildly amusing, but completely forgettable once you're done with it.
  22. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    38
    The finale just seems hypocritical, even nonsensical in a comedy that derives its few laughs from a farting dog and an accidental gynecological exam. This book is better left closed.
  23. 30
    The movie can't distinguish between what's likable and human and funny and what's simply repellent. In that respect, it's just as indiscriminate as the reality TV it shakes its finger at.
  24. 30
    Screenwriters Melissa Carter and Erica Bell (Sleepover) have given Murphy -- perhaps the twitchiest actor of her generation --cutesy quirks to play in lieu of a character.
  25. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    30
    A mondo product placement in search of a screenplay, the conscious "Working Girl" homage Little Black Book makes the mistake of banking on Brittany Murphy, a Melanie Griffith look-alike with none of Griffith's gawky charms.
  26. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    30
    "Working Girl," is also heard in Little Black Book; it serves only to remind audiences of that far more winning story of triumph in the office. But there are many reminders of what a tiresome effort this is.
  27. Reviewed by: Sara Gebhardt
    30
    It's not well scripted enough or well acted enough to do much of anything, save make anyone watching really hate Brittany Murphy for being so annoying.
  28. 25
    Here's a comedy of punishing tedium that pretends to be hip when it's so five minutes ago.
  29. An awkward and aggressively unfunny film.
  30. The big climax isn't climactic, just hysterical and incoherent. Murphy, with her bug-eyed, love-me mugging, is simply too slight and gawky to play the Everygirl.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jan 14, 2014
    8
    I found this movie's script was smart and ridiculous at the same time. It's more of a satire comedy. And yet, it's well executed. AlthoughI found this movie's script was smart and ridiculous at the same time. It's more of a satire comedy. And yet, it's well executed. Although it's not the best, I enjoyed it the whole way. It was a start-to-finish delight. So, watch it with an open mind and don't bother the negative comments. Full Review »