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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 16 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Bryan Poyser
    40
    With his new film (which he also wrote), Rudolph seems content to slap a flimsy film-noir plot on an unending stream of malapropisms and word games and call it a "screwball noir."
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    There are so many wonderful moments in Trixie and so few films like it that you wish Rudolph had given it a few more rewrites.
  3. The movie does have a certain amount of star power and occasional bursts of inventive mise en scene, which do a good job of diverting us so we don't realize that not much else is going on.
  4. 50
    This is not the sort of movie you make it your business to see in a theater. But if you're ever surfing cable TV and come across it, you'll linger.
  5. A cranky failure with brilliant moments.
  6. The acting is solid and the heroine's quirky dialogue is amusing for a while. But repetitious writing and a weakly constructed story turn the promising premise into a disappointing mishmash of crime, politics, and show business.
  7. Happily stuck between a rock and the deep blue sea.
  8. Torturously whimsical gumshoe caper.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    60
    For me, Trixie finds its own peculiar groove, and-buoyed by a compulsively watchable actress-folds neatly into the off-center work of a distinctive American director.
  10. 30
    Director Alan Rudolph kills this promising film off with a combination of bad writing and wrong-headed direction.
  11. So much of the film is so funny, inspired and sophisticated, the performances so richly nuanced, that many viewers, Rudolph admirers in particular, will be inclined to forgive a little self-indulgence on the part of this authentic auteur.
  12. 25
    Every character is quirky, and each has a schtick.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    48
    This is one Rudolph opus that leaves no afterglow.
  14. Trixie has "cult favorite" written all over it. That is to say, the general public is likely to say ixnay.
  15. It's so painful to sit through you eventually stop feeling sorry for the floundering cast.
  16. Wastes an A-list cast in a sorry send-up of B-movie private-eye cliches.
  17. 33
    A movie built on one joke -- an old one -- and an incoherent, even idiotic plot.
  18. 10
    Classic Rudolph: a tone of sweet-edged, slightly kooky melancholy, a terrific cast mostly left to its own devices and a few intriguing moments. Not, I'm sorry to say, a movie.
  19. The whole movie is like that: cute, dead and endless.
  20. Highfalutin swill determined to pass itself off as a jazzy caper.
  21. In a summer of cardboard figures in splashy spectacles, that makes for a refreshing change, an intriguing, entertaining and altogether sweetly mystifying misfire. In other words, another quintessentially Alan Rudolph picture.
  22. Despite its occasional flashes of brilliance (every Rudolph film has them), this unsavory stew never comes to a boil.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    10
    If this retro crime comedy had been a Broadway play, it would have closed out of town.
  24. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    In the long, hit-and-miss career of writer-director Alan Rudolph, this misbegotten comedy falls squarely into the miss bin.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Eventually evolves into a murder mystery that isn't very compelling.
  26. 10
    As overlong and undermotivated as it is absentmindedly incoherent.
  27. Although the hallmarks of Rudolph movies can be found everywhere -- they don't add up to the usual magic this time.

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