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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. Martin's script offers plenty of opportunities, but Martin the actor never takes advantage of them.
  4. It's smart, spare, elegant and understated.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Still manages to be a Steve Martin vanity project in ways that are fairly creepy.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    Martin hits all the right notes while subtly conveying both the appealing sophistication and the purposeful reserve of Ray. But he cannot entirely avoid being overshadowed by Dane's endearingly vulnerable, emotionally multifaceted and fearlessly open performance.
  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
    10
    Apart from the beauty of the score and the cinematography, I appreciated the unique take on romace presented in this film. It isn't 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
    9
    Great movie and perfect casting! I definitely recommend this for guys and girls.
  3. CharlieS
    Nov 7, 2005
    9
    It's funny that someone else wrote "Unlikeable the same way 'Lost in Translation,'" because I thought it was great in all the 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. Expand
  4. BrianL.
    Jan 7, 2006
    7
    I liked it, though I did in fact fall completely asleep in the theater before the end.
  5. JeanneC.
    Nov 13, 2005
    6
    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 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
    4
    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 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
    0
    Slow, dull, pointless, plotless.

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