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Award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub adds the "director" hyphenate to his calling card with this labor of love, starring his wife, Brooke Adams, and written by his sister-in-law, Lynne Adams. Made-Up lightly parodies the reality-TV "makeover" craze as it tells the tale of Elizabeth (Brooke Adams), a middle-aged divorcée who agrees to be made over by her daughter Sara (Eva Amurri), a process which will be documented for eternity by her aspiring-filmmaker sister, Kate (Lynne Adams). A former actress still smarting over her long-since faded stardom, Elizabeth is none too pleased… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lot like Tammy Faye Bakker; you just know it has good intentions, but it ends up as a smeary facsimile of what it wants to be."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"It's hard to resist this family affair."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Delivers billboard-sized messages about preconceptions of beauty and youth..., before the whole thing goes off the rails into a forced and humorless farce."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It's a family affair that unfortunately looks too much like a feature-length home movie."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The film wants to satirize both our fixation on appearances and reality filmmaking, but its strained humor and litany of cliches add little to either topic."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"It wants, as Kate says about her documentary, to be a 'seminal work on beauty and aging.' But it wears like a gauzy romantic comedy."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Voice-overs and commentaries are piled on top of contrived intimate moments until, despite some easygoing performances, the movie -- the actual movie -- is a blur of undercooked motivations and halfhearted improv."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"Salvaged by one meta-read that carries some weight as Shalhoub, an Arab-American of Lebanese descent, directs a film about the ills of stereotyping based on appearance."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Droll... but too psychologically fuzzy to engender more than of-the-moment laughs, Made-Up ping-pongs from cultural satire to wan proclamations of 'sisterhood.'"
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"If Made-Up sounds all over the place, it is. And we don't suggest you follow."
‑ , E! Online
"A comedy with lots going on and with considerable depth and complexity."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The rest of the cast spend so much time trying to avoid tripping over each other and the electric wires strewn all over the carpets that the suspension of disbelief becomes an increasingly strenuous chore."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"This tiresome movie feels too flimsy for the waters beyond the film festival circuit."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"Resorts to tired shtick and soap-opera-level tensions to drive its points home with all the subtlety of a brick flung through a window."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"The few meaningful moments occasionally generated are all but engulfed by fussy, meaningless distraction and wandering trivialities"
‑ Jules Brenner, Filmcritic.com
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