Ellie Parker
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Naomi Watts produces and stars in Ellie Parker, a semi-autobiographical story of an Australian actress struggling to make it in Hollywood. Ellie is young enough to still schlep to auditions back and forth across L.A., changing wardrobes and slapping on makeup en route, but just old enough that the future feels "more like a threat than a promise." She lives with her vacant musician boyfriend (Mark Pellegrino), who leaves her just about as dissatisfied as any other part of her life, and has a loose definition of the word "fidelity." Helping make sense of their surreal and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like a sputtering career, Ellie Parker pretty much goes nowhere, and it's difficult to imagine that it would be of interest to many beyond the Hollywood community."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"The premise -- someone trying to inject meaning into a necessarily vacuous existence -- is depressing, but there are moments of vaguely uncomfortable hilarity. The whole endeavor, however, winds up feeling flat and a bit dull."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"No one doubts Naomi Watts is photogenic, but this effort is very hard to sit through. Nearly impossible."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Game for almost anything, Watts displays serious comic chops and is, as always, a delight to watch."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"If you're considering a move to L.A. to pursue an acting career, this is your Scared Straight."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
"The picture looks cheap and feels stretched."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This is the movie they should show in college acting classes, instead of tapes of Inside the Actors' Studio."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There's barely any redeeming features to note, including Watts who is just at her worst."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Enjoyable comedy with several laugh-out-loud moments and a terrific performance from Naomi Watts."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"...the stretch to feature length hasn't done the material any favors."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Eventually the energy of the original short runs out and the movie coasts on fumes, but it remains surprisingly enjoyable for all that."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"[Watts'] performance carries this film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Watts fans will, of course, want to see Ellie Parker regardless of what I or anyone else say about it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"O que falta de estilo ao filme é compensado por uma atuação corajosa, despojada e impressionante de Naomi Watts."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"There's no question that what makes "Ellie Parker" work is the continued presence of Naomi Watts, a great film actress whether her film's budget is $187,000 or $187 million."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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