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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Even the film's missteps (the score, by Barrington Pheloung, is cringe-inducing) can't stop this meditation on love -- Martin calls it "Jane Austen for the twenty-first century" -- from melting into heartbreak. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A film of wisdom, emotional subtlety and power. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    The film ultimately lets Mirabelle down and leaves the viewer dissatisfied. A "Lost in Translation" drained of its wryly observed humor, Shopgirl is worth a browse. But it isn't always easy to buy. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This is a special film whose delicate tone ranges from tender to astringent, with occasional side trips into sweet. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A quiet, glistening love story - or not-quite-love story - adapted from Martin's novella of the same name, Shopgirl is such an atypical Hollywood affair that it's almost startling. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Danes' smart, fun, radiant and very attractive Mirabelle actually undermines the premise of the book show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Displaying some fine performances -- including a lovely one by Claire Danes and a lively one by Jason Schwartzman -- the elegantly appointed Shopgirl certainly has the goods but it ultimately fails to make the sale. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A tender and perceptive film. show more

  • 88
    New York Post

    Like Truffaut's heaviest work, it's less interested in what brings people together than in what keeps them apart, and it achieves a painful truth you won't find in dating comedies. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is a smart, adult romance that rarely panders to clichés, and gives up the heady bliss of most such movies in favor of something bittersweet. show more

  • August 12, 2011
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    I am not one to watch a movie twice... but Shopgirl was the acception! I have seen it twice and loved it the second time just as much as the first! It is romantic, quirky, predictable in an unpredictable kind of way.... I think the cast was phenominal and I loved every single charachter, especially Steve Martin! I did not really know who Claire Danes was until I saw this movie and I was very impressed with her role! I do not think this movie is for women only, I think a man can enjoy it just as much because it is about life, love and the reality of what happens in between!

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