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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Comedy . Romance

In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping-a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can't quite get her foot in the door-until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company.

Actors: Lynn Redgrave , Leslie Bibb , Fred Armisen , Kristin Scott Thomas , John Lithgow , John Goodman , Joan Cusack , Krysten Ritter , Hugh Dancy , Isla Fisher
Directors: P.J. Hogan
Country: USA
Release: 2009-02-13
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    Breathless and petite yet powerfully in-your-face, Fisher combines dizzy femininity and no-nonsense verve in the manner of a classic screwball heroine. She's like Carole Lombard reborn as a tiny angel-faced dynamo.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Athima Chansanchai

    If cheesy, feel-good riches-to-reason romantic comedies are yours, this is your fix. It's a harmless indulgence that, like shopping, may make you feel good for the short term, but later you'll need more.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It glories in its silliness, and the actors are permitted the sort of goofy acting that distinguished screwball comedy. We get double takes, slow burns, pratfalls, exploding clothes wardrobes, dropped trays, tear-away dresses, missing maids of honor, overnight fame, public disgrace and not, amazingly, a single obnoxious cat or dog.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    This movie has no light to shed on the matter. It is its own contradiction: a film about confessions in which nothing much is confessed.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Krista Soriano

    As unrealistic as the talking mannequins, but we’re pleasantly surprised by how good this movie makes us feel.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The degree to which Shopaholic actually works is a testament to the looks, charm, and comedic chops of Fisher, who stole "Wedding Crashers" and has a gift for slapstick that places her somewhere between Téa Leoni and Lucille Ball in the pantheon of foxy redheaded physical comediennes.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Confessions is no more than a painless time-waster. But the beguiling Fisher is well worth the investment.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    The film's recycled nature is most evident in director P.J. Hogan's attempt to marry the farcical hijinks of an "I Love Lucy" episode to an addiction scenario that would not be out of place in "The Lost Weekend."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The problem nipping at the designer heels of Confessions is not the state of the economy but, rather, the film's predictability.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Though you might wonder whether there's room in a movie marketplace that already feels overstocked with romantic comedies, Confessions of a Shopaholic arrives fashionably late and dressed to kill.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    As a young lady who can't say no to a beautiful dress or accessory, Isla Fisher is not to be denied, and her irrepressible comic personality overcomes a number of the film's impediments.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Rebecca may owe everybody for everything, but Fisher definitely owns the movie. She is the only one outside of Ritter who gives a bona fide performance.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It's not the retro attitudes in "Confessions" that bother me (at least not much). It's the lack of laughs.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    There are some mildly amusing turns from costars like Kristin Scott Thomas, playing an icy editor, and Robert Stanton, as her frustrated debt collector.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jessica Reaves

    A thin, largely unfunny comedy that marries lazy filmmaking with bad timing.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The problem with Confessions of a Shopaholic isn't conspicuous consumption. It's ostentatious idiocy.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    The end product is surprisingly charmless -- a shrill "Devil Wears Prada"/"Bridget Jones"/"Sex and the City" knockoff that keeps threatening to fall apart at the seams.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Thomas Rogers

    A loud, garish and very untimely romantic comedy. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    If the movie didn't pander so madly to the audience for "Sex and the City" and "Legally Blonde," it might have been a comedy touchstone instead of a cringeworthy footnote.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    If you spin out the unintended analogy of Confessions of a Shopaholic to the current financial crisis, the film starts to mutate from a not-that-funny comedy into a tragic allegory.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The production renders totally irrelevant all hopes for a well-made movie. It's one of those ragged, pandemonious studio comedies that hammers at plot points in every contrived scene.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Put this one back on the shelf, and walk away.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The comedy is slapstick, the colors Day Glo, the outcome inevitable.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Confessions of a Shopaholic -- a "Devil Wears Prada" for Chico's customers.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Reyhan Harmanci

    It's a shame that "Confessions" doesn't aim higher because there is a great film to be made about the consumer bait-and-switch that has led so many Americans to live beyond their means.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Perry Seibert

    Lets down both its actress and the audience.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Not only is it an unfunny movie shrilly told, it probably is the most ill-timed and appallingly insulting movie in recent memory.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It has been a long time since I came as close to walking out of a movie as I did with Confessions of a Shopaholic. Not only did I find this production to be irritating, unfunny, and lacking in entertainment value, but I found its underlying slavishness to a culture of consumption to be morally repugnant.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    I think that the perfect name for the chick in a chick flick is Rebecca Bloomwood. I know that if Charles Dickens had possessed the good sense to write chick flicks, he could not have done better than Rebecca Bloomwood.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Plays like both a supremely outmoded chick-lit adaptation and an outrageously obscene gesture as the economy continues to swallow up livelihoods, homes, and hope.

    Village Voice Full Review
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