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Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on Steve Martin's bestselling novella, Shopgirl is a funny and poignant story of love in the modern age. The film catches a glimpse inside the lives of three very different people on diverse paths, but all in search of the same thing. (Touchstone Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. A film of wisdom, emotional subtlety and power.
  2. 80
    Elegant and exquisitely tailored.
  3. 75
    This is a smart, adult romance that rarely panders to clich├ęs, and gives up the heady bliss of most such movies in favor of something bittersweet.
  4. But the best of the story is that there isn't much--as such. A slice of living is put before us. Some things happen. That's all.
  5. 63
    The film ultimately lets Mirabelle down and leaves the viewer dissatisfied. A "Lost in Translation" drained of its wryly observed humor, Shopgirl is worth a browse. But it isn't always easy to buy.
  6. One of the most schizoid films in recent memory. It opens with crystalline originality, a shimmering comedy with meticulous timing and sharply drawn characters. Then it careens carelessly into syrup. How could he (Martin) not have noticed?
  7. 30
    There's so little sexual chemistry between the actors in this film that it seems like a kind of accomplishment. I've seen shows on C-SPAN that were hotter than this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. KristinP.
    May 29, 2006
    Apart from the beauty of the score and the cinematography, I appreciated the unique take on romace presented in this film. It isn't often in Hollywood that sex is criticized or put in a psychological or philosophical context; this movie refreshingly shows the limitations of sex in bringing happinenss. This movie isn't a romantic comedy and shouldn't be reviewed as such. Instead, it's a commentary on the complexity of life and love in our day. Expand
  2. Sarah
    Oct 21, 2005
    Great movie and perfect casting! I definitely recommend this for guys and girls.
  3. CharlieS
    Nov 7, 2005
    It's funny that someone else wrote "Unlikeable the same way 'Lost in Translation,'" because I thought it was great in all the ways that LiT was great. It captures the essence of being in one's twenties. Life is might be funny or ironic or entertaining, but it's often awkward and painful, and once in a great while just beautiful. Collapse
  4. BrianL.
    Jan 7, 2006
    I liked it, though I did in fact fall completely asleep in the theater before the end.
  5. JeanneC.
    Nov 13, 2005
    I was disappointed. Mirabelle is more like a fragile china doll who has not found her inner voice. Neither Steve Martin nor the younger actor playing Jeremy do anything to facilitate the journey that Mirabelle seems to somehow (off-screen?) have taken by the end. I did not read the book, but it sure seems to be a uniquely male view of a fantasy girl friend. Expand
  6. AMovieCritic
    Aug 6, 2007
    Steve Martin's one of my favorite comedic actors, so I was interested in seeing this serious work from him, which seemed to resemble one of my favorite movies, Lost in Translation. Unfortunately...this movie really didn't cut it. There's no chemistry here whatsoever, and while it was deliberate and part of the story, it didn't necessarily make for a compelling movie. Overall, it's an interesting movie and it had some nice ideas and was actually pretty realistic, yet it just didn't really do anything for me. It was more of a chick flick. It should have been both more romantic and more funny, and it was neither. And ugh....that musical score was COMPLETELY awful. Talk about overdone. They should have went with a more subdued and atmospheric effort like Lost in Translation, instead, it feels like a full symphony orchestra's following these characters around......ugh. Expand
  7. WilliamC.
    Dec 31, 2005
    Slow, dull, pointless, plotless.

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