Isn't She Great
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Jacqueline Susann spent a long career on the edges of show business as an actress and model, but it never really paid off until she quit acting to write her first novel. Valley of the Dolls was a proudly sleazy potboiler that sold 26 million copies and had readers wondering which characters matched up to which real-life show-biz figures. Susann wrote several other successful novels, but fame and fortune didn't make her life any less tumultuous; she had well-publicized problems with drugs and alcohol and a series of free-wheeling affairs, although she stayed with her husband Irving… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The most notable aspect of this trashy (but unenjoyable) biopic of Jacquleine Susann, Valley of the Doll's best-selling author, is its running time (93 minutes); Bette Midler and Nathan Lane give two of their worst and broadest performances."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"The filmmakers don't know what to make of their overblown subject."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Midler's character is empty, boring, selfish."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Jacqueline Susann has not been brought back to life by Isn't She Great. Nor has Bette Midler, acting her, returned to life as a film star."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Isn't She Great is a fatal blend of soppy bathos and wacky humor."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Colorful and fun and has some good laughs."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Here is a movie that needed great trash, great sex and great gossip, and at all the crucial moments Susann is talking to a tree."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Every joke and every scene collapses and blows away before it's finished."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The movie's supporting characters are barely worth notice."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Probably a bad idea from the beginning, and nothing in this movie convinces us otherwise."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"The movie is a stinker, but it's not an enjoyable stinker."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A surprisingly warm and engaging entertainment."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"gives its heroine all the rough edges of a throw pillow... Susann couldn't write sentiment convincingly and neither can Rudnick."
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
"Bergman, whose comic timing can be brilliant, is way off his game this time."
‑ Dave Kehr, Citysearch
"By the end, it's frustratingly clear that everyone involved wanted to avoid sending any audience member home feeling bad or thinking that Susann, or at least Midler, was anything but great."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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