Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Grief and suicide seem unlikely subjects for a comedy. But Shrink tries gamely to mine edgy humor from the darkest places. Sometimes it works. Other times, its Hollywood-centric focus feels like a re-heated cinemash of "The Wackness," "Crash" and "The Player."
  2. 63
    Kevin Spacey brings another of his cynical, bitter characters to life -- very smart, and fresh out of hope -- but the movie doesn't give him much of anywhere to take it.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    The film may be too inside-baseball, with strained sympathy and contrived emotions.
  4. 60
    Shrink offers a roster of wonderfully eccentric characterizations, shoehorned into a dramatic structure that's just a little too formulaic.
  5. You do wish Pate and writer Thomas Moffett had gone for more wit given the outlandishness of the melodrama since it would be more fun to laugh at this than take it seriously.
  6. These characters are mostly too sketchy and their connections too contrived for Shrink to jell as an incisive ensemble piece.
  7. 50
    Starts promisingly, but Jonas Pate directs his fine cast straight into a swamp of schmaltz as every loose thread of plot gets patly resolved.
  8. The script of Shrink, written by Thomas Moffett, plays like "Crash" without the angst or the perpetual racial conflagrations.
  9. Shrink is no worse than the average Hollywood comedy. But it shows, more obviously than most, the bankruptcy of standard-issue American pop narrative, circa 2009.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Posner
    No one knows why bad things happen to good people. But we do know why bad things happen to good film ideas. They get ruined by poor scripts and indifferent direction. The evidence desemaine– Shrink.
  11. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    The plot relies heavily on pat betrayal, forced coincidences - and the sort of closure that lands, with a thud, in a tidy package of cliches. Yet some of the humor is delicious.
  12. It wants to be "Good Will Hunting" set in the land of "Entourage," but its bummed-out touchy-feeliness is every bit as concocted as its overly jaded showbiz corruption.
  13. 42
    Shrink is exactly like virtually all his (Spacey) post-"American Beauty" vehicles: flashy, phony, nakedly melodramatic, and full of big actorly moments disconnected from real life.
  14. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Pate's eye isn't bad, but Thomas Moffett's screenplay is self-serious piffle.
  15. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Ironically for a film revolving around psychotherapy, Shrink doesn't stand up to analysis.
  16. Spacey is the film's primary draw, but the cast is uniformly solid -- a crucial asset when the screenplay and direction are not.
  17. A well-chosen cast props up this otherwise shallow story.
  18. A pity-party of Hollywood narcissism.
  19. 25
    The more Shrink tries to get you invested in the emotional turmoil of its characters, the more you want to reach into the screen and shake them and tell them to get over themselves.
  20. 25
    This movie brings to mind much better cable TV shows like the marijuana comedy "Weeds,’" the one-on-one psychodramas of "In Treatment," and the astonishingly cinematic "Breaking Bad."
  21. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    Director Jonas Pate should be run through a wood chipper for daring to quote "Fargo."
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
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  2. Nov 8, 2010
    This whole movie wreaked of a commercial Hollywood production poorly disguised as an indie film.

    "Shrink" was just trying too hard to be
    This whole movie wreaked of a commercial Hollywood production poorly disguised as an indie film.

    "Shrink" was just trying too hard to be numb, just trying to hard to make us sentimental. I actually cringed at like 6 or 7 lines of dialogue. Kevin Spacey was great, but he was the only good one. It was all too coincidental, all too "Crash", all too corny. The subplots all were awful, except for maybe Spacey's. I have no idea what to take away from the movie, other than life sucks, "But we're still here, and that's somethin'." Dallas Roberts' character was also pretty interesting, but ultimately his resolution was entirely unsatisfactory, and essentially a break in character on the part of the writers. The writers seemed possessed to force/cram every character into a character that's good at heart.
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  3. Sep 25, 2010
    Sorry for the traslation, is mechanical.

    Personally, I do not believe "in accepting male human existence." The human existence, includes
    Sorry for the traslation, is mechanical.

    Personally, I do not believe "in accepting male human existence." The human existence, includes pain, pain acceptance Manly, disgusts me, makes me sick, I fear. If I think of the pain, with its entire range of colors, from black to white, well, I immediately think of the silence. Pain, with all its colors, the silence, with only his breath. The pain is silence, the silence is over, the pain is over.
    Pain belongs to everyone. All the pain is "my pain". All the pain is a pain with-divided. Probably the most difficult goal to achieve for every living thing is, I believe, inner harmony. Feelings and passions are tides, carry within us, are companions of our journey. How can a man feel Himself of high tide? A winner, a sure If a man without fear?
    In contrast, those of low tide, is vulnerable ... ... anxious, uncertain ... the path. Careful ... because as stated, may have a different meaning if the same experience takes place in a new tenant takes possession of new citizenship. The Winner is crushed, knotted at the throat until it choked, painful attacks of the extreme panic.
    This is why the man in the "network of real pain," and can never say never considered a winner or a manly man. No, you can not overcome pain. Never You know why? Because you're a BIOS button, thinking. And all that lives, thrives and thinks, is intended eventually to the suffering, pain.
    "Think, then, is painful."
    Then, when the pain ends, tops, overflows, breaks psychophysical margins of tolerance, the consequences are terrible. You can touch, you can touch the bottom. And perhaps without lifts. The goal of inner harmony, at this point seems to elude final hand. It 's so? No! No! And again No! Two Knights come to our aid. Time, the tangible, concrete, and the man, who at that time and the trainer.


    is a masterpiece about man and his time. In this film marks, across their common range, are the true masters of the scene. Signs leave traces everywhere. Shrink is a masterpiece of human color is slowly catch a movie. All of these "human colored signs" found in Dr. Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) dispenser (paradoxically) of various emotional situations ranging from boredom, creativity, through the anguish.
    Teens, adults and mature men will be confronted with this doctor. Dr. Carter, with his fallacies, becomes the guiding spirit of all patients in his study. Constant concern for their return to the "normal mental activity."

    Dr. Carter is a sufferer. A tragic event has made his life, restless. It 'a "Shrink", a famous doctor, shrink, his books are selling books, his study has important acquaintances, but it is suffering. His mind is always looking for a radar target is not readily apparent. In different types of "grass", he feels, seems to seek the exact coordinates for his research. The moment the car wash is your moment in the sense that it finds and pleasure, from analyst to analyze.
    In my opinion, the "snake-oil" has unconsciously realized that in psychiatry the concept of "care" has a different meaning. How should the approach to this inconvenience for patients? The clash between emotional pain Vs Man and Time, will have a winner? Well, that just do not have to ask. One thing, however, I would suggest. The vision of "shared" in this film. Discuss with others, "talk" is the first step to feel less alone.
    Jonas Pate has a center. His work, like the entire cast, is not the seller of smoke. I think.

    Good Ciak!
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