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  • Summary: Molly Gunn (Murphy), the freewheeling daughter of a late rock legend, is the toast of the New York social scene. But when her accountant steals her inheritance, Molly is forced to do something she's never done before -- get a job. She lands a position as nanny to the precocious, uptightMolly Gunn (Murphy), the freewheeling daughter of a late rock legend, is the toast of the New York social scene. But when her accountant steals her inheritance, Molly is forced to do something she's never done before -- get a job. She lands a position as nanny to the precocious, uptight daughter of a high-powered music executive. Now Molly and her 8-year-old "going on 40" charge are about to teach each other how to act their age. (MGM) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 14 out of 30
  1. 75
    Murphy has a kind of divine ineptitude that moves beyond Marilyn's helplessness into Lucy's dizzy lovability. She is like a magnet for whoops! moments.
  2. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    50
    Unfortunately, the emotionally resonant moments between Murphy and Fanning are few and far between; the rest of the film relies on goofy physical comedy -- Murphy takes more pratfalls that any young woman should have to.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Hays
    50
    When Uptown Girls isn't trying to play up its wacky high jinks -- and those tend to be so weak they can't possibly float the film -- it stoops to the kind of psychological character development films this shallow should really avoid like the plague.
  4. By the climax, the adult has finally become a responsible though still charming citizen; the child has become age appropriate and, yes, even cuter. Tsunami swell of music. Roll the credits. Minus the charm, that pretty much sums up Uptown Girls.
  5. Frankly, you may prefer the company of cinematic serial killers (Freddy vs. Jason) after you meet the pair at the center of this story.
  6. 30
    One almost pities the unnervingly twitchy Murphy, whose shiny makeup is dreadful, and who doesn't stand a chance alongside the focused intensity of Fanning, who commands the screen with the precision of a 30-year veteran.
  7. 12
    A creepy, depressing and leering "comedy" that's a virtual collection of "What were they thinking?" moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    I am quite shocked by all the negative reviews. This movie touched me and it was lovely to see how a free-spirited girl became serious andI am quite shocked by all the negative reviews. This movie touched me and it was lovely to see how a free-spirited girl became serious and responsible after one little girl brought her immature behavior to her attention. This is a wonderful movie and Brittany Murphy is surely missed Expand
  2. Sam
    Mar 18, 2006
    2
    It's a terrible movie, but it would have been so much better if it weren't for two things, the characters, and character It's a terrible movie, but it would have been so much better if it weren't for two things, the characters, and character development. All the characters are easy to hate, with unfunny lines, poorly acted "emotional scenes" and, well, quite frankly they're wooden. However, it would have been better if the characters had gone from dicks and sluts to nice guys and good people, or if you got the hint that any of them had learned something from Ray or Molly, but you don't, which is the worst part of an otherwise bad movie. Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2015
    2
    Ok, so this movie is absolutely horrendous. As much I think Dakota Fanning is hilariously adorable here, the movie otherwise is pretty muchOk, so this movie is absolutely horrendous. As much I think Dakota Fanning is hilariously adorable here, the movie otherwise is pretty much garbage. Brittany Murphy, as much as I like her in other films, is horrible here. The script is atrocious and the story is a joke...for the first half of the movie. The second half is oddly touching and very moving at times, which almost rescues it, but then you are reminded of just how horrible and despicable all the characters are throughout the entire movie and return to hating this one. Now, again, I will say again that I did enjoy the second half and that it does pick up a bit and that Fanning is good here, but that does little to save this one from crashing head first into a brick wall. Expand

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