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  • Summary: The best-selling novel about a young woman who stumbles into the hectic worlds of high fashion and publishing comes to the big screen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    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. 75
    While the picture isn't brilliant, it is, at its most entertaining, a kicky, surprisingly astute throwback to bygone Hollywood social comedies.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    75
    It's an occasion for Streep to play against a stereotype, and win. It's a rout, in fact.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 84
  2. Negative: 9 out of 84
  1. Oct 22, 2011
    10
    watched this movie last night and it was great hilarious but can't belive that blondie was simon baker hilarious movie can't belive that the boss was continouasly calling andy emily Expand
  2. Apr 22, 2011
    10
    I absolutely love this movie. It is one of my all time favorites. One, because I'm partly obsessed with fashion, but most importantly, it shows the vision of the American dream, similarly to the Great Gatsby, and how things never turn out how you expect them to. The acting is amazing, and the fashion is stunning. This movie is a must see for all! Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2013
    8
    Thanks to a sharp script and four perfectly cast actors, "The Devil Wears Prada" is fun and entertaining even if you're not a fan or slave to fashion. Women should appreciate the characters and all the fashion stuff, bt it's not the type of movie that will leave guys in pain if they're dragged to see it by their wives or girlfriends. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2011
    7
    The first thing to notice about THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is that it is precisely what it offers - fashion and its cut-throat business. An adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel, it is neatly directly by David Frankel, which is surprising since most of his work usually comprises of the light-hearted family genre. Frankel does one thing particularly well, he lets Meryl Streep, that iconic of all actors, room to breathe life in her character, Miranda Priestley, the ruthless editor in chief of the Runaway magazine, who has scant respect and patience for people, especially those she considers to be incompetent and unprofessional. I was fascinated with Streep's portrayal, she has something that makes her so powerfully alluring, almost hypnotic-like, and she lives and breathes Miranda every scene, every little nuance. Anne Hathaway is no less powerful as Andrea Sachs, the aspiring small town journalist with some impressive literary credentials, who clearly is a misfit in the Runaway scheme of things. Emily Blunt's Emily Charlton, Miranda's senior assistant, clearly doesn't give Andrea much hope, or even encouragement. Emily Blunt is wonderful as Emily, but I didn't get it - considering how particularly precise and impatient as Miranda is, how could she suffer Emily's British accent and her unconvincing work performance is just beyond me! Stanley Tucci is another actor who rises above his material and truly lends solidity to his roles - I especially enjoyed the final scenes when Miranda deftly puts the new charge of leadership to her rival Jacqueline Follet, and Tucci's Nigel responds as Nigel truly would. His mannerisms and emotion, that he tries subtly to hide and disguise even in the face of such a tumultous storm, is just a sight to behold. "I know she'll pay me back" is his response. Just what you'd expect from Nigel. Andrea learns lessons about life, not just in the fashion world, but in her own life. Her personal life takes a hit, her boyfriend cannot believe that she's changing as rapidly as she is, her own two best friends think the fashion world is swallowing her. No doubt, she is Miranda Priestley's assistant, doing a job that 'millions of girls would kill for," but Andrea is pleasantly unaware of and even contemptuous of this reality. It is gratifying to see that Hathaway's character is so absolutely unlike Streep's....Andrea's easy-going, carefree lifestyle, her choice of words in the most unpleasant of situations, is the exact opposite of all that Miranda Priestley lives and breathes in. The scene where Miranda talks to Andrea, after Andrea had been witness to Miranda and her husband's fight, Miranda's lines and the pain across her face and her emotions....that is Streep at her finest. A vortex of emotions and intricate, subtle gestures of the face, hands, true inner emotions, Streep portrays them all as easily and as beautifully as anyone has ever done on celluloid. In conclusion, this movie's not particularly boring or dull. It is fast-paced, but has ample show of Streep, Hathaway, and Tucci's characters. I gave it a 7 out of 10, not out of necessity, but because I think it's just good enough for it. And that isn't hurtful at all! I only hope Miranda Priestley doesn't confront me about it! Expand
  5. Dec 21, 2012
    6
    Understand this movie is not for the deep thinkers. Understand it damn well, because you get what you see. I enjoyed Meryl Streep in this film as well as the woefully unaware Anne Hathaway. While predictable, it does offer some outlook on fashion versus being an actual human being in the sake of humanity. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2012
    6
    the devil gets to be good.
  7. Jun 3, 2011
    0
    Overrated, terrible, boring. I do not know how this got 'generally favourable reviews' I bet the people reviewed this positive despise shows like White Chicks. Basically if you call this show 'perfect' you are boring and I suggest something worth your term because seeing this film in the Cinema was a waste of my life. Expand

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