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Boring and predictable
written by TCrane April 18, 2006 - 3:45 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Saw this in the theaters, and regretted it about 30 minutes into it. I was disappointed by the performances from otherwise talented actors, the writing was extremely overwritten. Tried to be some kind of modern inter-generational love story fairy tale but is so unbelievable and sterile that it comes off as mostly dull.

Classy and Classic
written by talltale April 14, 2006 - 1:46 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
A wonderfully classy--perhaps even classic--look at love today (early 21st Century-style), SHOPGIRL exudes "art" from every pore. Claire Danes is thoroughly winning--intelligent, multi-faceted, real--in the lead, and she is ably supported by Jason Schwartzman, as her younger admirer, and Steve Martin, who wrote the novella on which the film is based and gives a quietly self-effacing performance as the older lover. The entire undertaking-- from Martin's script to Anand Tucker's direction and Peter Suschitzky's cinematography--has a subtle, reticent and elegant tone that makes this a pleasure to hear and watch.

The writer understands how commerce and class control our lives; he's smart enough to admit this but will not bow to it. Definitely a pass for mainstream audiences (Martin's pratfall-comedy admirers will eject the DVD in disappointment), this is a film for the true sophisticate: one who understands that kneeling at the altar of art requires neither the relinquishment of emotion nor of common sense.


(Average 6.23)
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