The Devil Wears Prada


Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40

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  1. 88
    If you can tell the difference between a mule and a pump, attendance at The Devil Wears Prada is mandatory. You might have to reach back to "Funny Face" to find a fashion movie so on-trend.
  2. 83
    Effortless fun: It plays like a giddy horror movie with its laughs wrapped in couture gowns.
  3. 80
    Bright and crisp and funny, the movie turns dish into art--or, if not quite into art, then at least into the kind of dazzling commercial entertainment that Hollywood, in the days of George Cukor or Stanley Donen, used to turn out.
  4. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    This smart and funny creation is not just wish-fulfilment for the "Sex And The City" generation -- it's a Wall Street for the 21st century.
  5. The story is glossy junk begat of just-plain junk anyway: Lauren Weisberger, who wrote the hiss-and-tell roman à clef best-seller on which the picture is based, was herself an assistant to Wintour.
  6. It's an occasion for Streep to play against a stereotype, and win. It's a rout, in fact.
  7. 75
    The Devil Wears Prada is two films in one: a caustic, energetic satire of the fashion world and a cautionary melodrama. The first works; the second doesn't.
  8. Though there is enough haute couture on display for a season of "Sex and the City" envy, it has definite off-the-rack appeal to regular moviegoers. In fact, it may be the one film this year where you'll see Manolo Blahniks and Doc Martens on women sitting in the same row.
  9. Briskly directed by "Sex and the City" veteran David Frankel, the movie is far better than the source.
  10. 75
    While the picture isn't brilliant, it is, at its most entertaining, a kicky, surprisingly astute throwback to bygone Hollywood social comedies.
  11. Setting her (Streep) face into a mask of composure that suggests Darth Vader by way of a Kabuki actor, the most expressive of American actresses shows how power is expressed in the lack of facial and vocal expression.
  12. Prada just feels authentic, from its glossy look to the specific and sometimes curious behavior of the secondary and tertiary characters. To watch it is like being entertained while getting an anthropological crash course.
  13. The devil may wear Prada, but Meryl wears the crown.
  14. Takes place in the world of haute couture. And that pretty much sums up the movie. Otherwise, it would be just another Queen of Mean, boss from hell movie. But, oh, what delicious fun Meryl Streep and her conspirators have with that world.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Streep single-handedly elevates this sitcomy but tolerably entertaining adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's bestselling 2003 roman a clef about a personal assistant's year of chic hell under the thumb of the dragon lady of the fashion world.
  16. The Devil Wears Prada spins Weisberger's rant into a sharp, surprisingly funny excursion into the catty realm of women's magazines. The movie skips the condescension usually aimed at this world in favor of rapt observation.
  17. Miranda is played by Meryl Streep, an actress who carries nuance in her every pore, and who endows even her lighthearted comic roles with a rich implication of inner life. With her silver hair and pale skin, her whispery diction as perfect as her posture, Ms. Streep's Miranda inspires both terror and a measure of awe.
  18. 70
    Streep makes it work. Streep makes it fun .
  19. 70
    A tour de force for Streep, who gives her character an unexpected measure of depth.
  20. 70
    Actually one of the better comedies I've seen this year speaks volumes for the quality of the performances and the caliber of the script.
  21. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    A movie that revels in pleasure: the pleasure of fashion, of luxury, of power and ambition. It's also a tremendous pleasure to watch.
  22. May be accurate around the edges, but at its heart it's a fairy tale.
  23. The bad news in this kinder, gentler, more subtle performance is that, by playing the woman (Streep) as less of a devil, the dynamic that propels the story loses much of its drive and energy, and what's left is a kind of high-class "Gidget" movie.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The comic appeal of The Devil Wears Prada is the cinematic equivalent of a size 2 - wafer-thin and ultimately lacking in meat and substance.
  25. 63
    A lightweight, formulaic piece of fluff, but you wouldn't know that by Meryl Streep's performance.
  26. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    When the satire stays focused on Streep or her snooty Brit assistant (Emily Blunt), "Prada" is malicious fun. But the central story about how smart, idealistic Anne Hathaway, as Miranda's drably dressed new assistant, loses her soul in pursuit of success and great shoes is dramatically anorexic.
  27. 60
    Frankel has cut, pasted and rejiggered the novel, mostly for the better. As adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna, The Devil Wears Prada is crisper, less self-righteous and mercifully shorter than its intermittently funny but interminable source.
  28. 58
    They put the material on lifts - and end up tripping into TV dramedy land.
  29. 50
    Sometimes actors get parts so rich that they almost can't help but make meals of them. Playing a frosty, high-powered editor in The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep turns the role into a four-course dinner and shows up with her own dessert...But it's hard to care about what's going on whenever she's offscreen.
  30. 50
    More "Pretty Woman" than "Working Girl," The Devil Wears Prada really lives to give its angel a high-class makeover.
  31. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    So stupendously funny at times that she (Streep) nearly salvages the whole thing.
  32. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mistrustful of its audience, it's full of actors -- apart from Streep -- playing broad attitudes rather than characters. Crafted like a high end TV show, it's a sort of video Vogue -- lite, brite and trite.
  33. 50
    An agreeably shallow comedy.
  34. 50
    Meryl Streep is indeed poised and imperious as Miranda, and Anne Hathaway is a great beauty who makes a convincing career girl. I liked Stanley Tucci, too, as Nigel... But I thought the movie should have reversed the roles played by Grenier and Baker. Grenier comes across not like the old boyfriend but like the slick New York writer, and Baker seems the embodiment of Midwestern sincerity.
  35. 50
    Probably supposed to be half fashion fantasy, half satire of the fashion world. What a drag that it's not enough of either.
  36. It's a self-blunting satire, a toothless attack on fashionistas that twists around tortuously and ends up biting (well, gumming) its own tail.
  37. The best performance comes from Stanley Tucci as the Runway art director. Tucci presents a homosexual man without a trace of cartoon--shrewd, skilled, and weathered without being worn. It is a well-judged and accomplished piece of work.
  38. If you shut down your brain and simply take in the wardrobe and performances by Streep and Blunt you'll have a swell time, like aimlessly flipping the pages of a fashion magazine.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 229 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 88
  2. Negative: 9 out of 88
  1. MarioJ.
    Aug 23, 2007
    Meryly Streep, perfection.
  2. NathanW.
    Jul 26, 2006
    There's nothing that worthwhile (or funny) in this vapid film geared to people who watch project runway. It's barely even passes There's nothing that worthwhile (or funny) in this vapid film geared to people who watch project runway. It's barely even passes for a movie about fashion with a plot runs predictably to a predictable end. Full Review »
  3. MarkS.
    Jul 6, 2006
    Beautifully shot, and a great performance by Streep, but this movie is predictible tripe. And I'm shocked that not a single critic even Beautifully shot, and a great performance by Streep, but this movie is predictible tripe. And I'm shocked that not a single critic even noticed that Hathaway is playing essentially the same part as her roles in the two "Princess Diary" movies. Full Review »