Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic 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. Add marvelously imaginative directing -- finally Yakin fulfills the promise he showed in "Fresh" almost a decade ago -- and you have a colorful, creative, deliciously frolicsome romp.
  3. A perky comedy aimed at young women that gets the job done with crisp efficiency.
  4. 50
    In Uptown Girls Murphy is like a puppy in traffic; you're confident she'll reach the curb but only because the cars are swerving, not because her moves are so deft.
  5. It would help if the plot were more than just an outline with a few convenient turns.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Hays
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Amy Dawes
    Light, occasionally charming and reasonably well-crafted.
  9. Reviewed by: Bruce Westbrook
    Like most Meg Ryan comedies, Uptown Girls has a heroine who's adorable only because it says so in the script.
  10. See "Freaky Friday" for convincing cross-generational female bonding. Despite it's elegant style and uptown milieu, this film is a cheap imitation.
  11. 40
    Uptown Girls refuses to make Fanning likable, which speaks to a certain misplaced integrity, and tends to throw a wrench in the film's halfhearted attempts at formula.
  12. Seems far too familiar for comfort. "About a Boy," anyone?
  13. Uptown Girls is more downer than upper.
  14. Fatally true to the hypocritical values of its niche market. While pretending to teach a lesson in compassion, it wallows in the perks of privilege.
  15. 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.
  16. Cutesy and unconvincing parable.
  17. Frankly, you may prefer the company of cinematic serial killers (Freddy vs. Jason) after you meet the pair at the center of this story.
  18. Uptown Girls gives the impression that everyone behind the camera just threw up their hands in helpless resignation.
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This is not only unsuitable for children, it's a colossal waste of time at any age.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The feel-bad movie of the summer.
  21. It's supposed to be funny watching these two characters and wondering who'll be the first to start acting her age, but it's really just pitiful, watching two talented actresses...given so little to work with.
  22. 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.
  23. There's nothing wrong with Uptown Girls that not seeing it won't fix.
  24. Unlike in ''Freaky Friday,'' no magic spells are involved. Nor is there any of ''Freaky'''s marvelous charm in this ungainly Manhattan fairy tale, directed by indulgent sentimentalist Boaz Yakin.
  25. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    Slap a restriction order on yourself and don't come within ten paces of this hideous concoction.
  26. None of it is handled with any emotional believability or grace. Well-worn phrases and plot developments are repeated here as though the world had never heard of "Cinderella."
  27. 20
    Less "Freaky Friday" than just plain freaky.
  28. It's all too, too cute and too, too forced for words -- not to mention too, too dark.
  29. 12
    A creepy, depressing and leering "comedy" that's a virtual collection of "What were they thinking?" moments.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    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 and responsible after one little girl brought her immature behavior to her attention. This is a wonderful movie and Brittany Murphy is surely missed Full Review »