Little Black Book


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 14 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. A teen comedy that possesses a wickedly satirical streak.
  2. 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.
  3. A screechy chick-flick relationship comedy with a lot of things working for and against it - mostly against it.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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.
  5. 50
    Ron Livingstone plays his part relatively straight, and, as a result, comes out unscathed.
  6. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Yeah. Light and fluffy it may be, but this is undeniably entertaining stuff.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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
    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.
  11. 40
    Even the inclusion of Simon's classic songs isn't enough to solve all the problems of this comedic misfire.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Lacks so much as a single fresh idea; it lacks an entertaining way of presenting its stale ideas, too.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jan 14, 2014
    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 »