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Steve Martin wrote the screenplay and served as co-producer for this screen adaptation of his short novel, which takes a witty but bittersweet look at a young woman and the two men involved with her. Mirabelle Buttersfield (Claire Danes) is an aspiring artist in her mid-twenties who, after graduating from college, moved to Los Angeles, where she works at the glove counter of an upscale department store. Mirabelle's job is simple and not demanding, but it doesn't pay especially well, and she finds herself struggling to get out from under a growing mountain of debt from student loans and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A slim, charming, romantic story, full of intentionally mild humor about strong themes -- passion, commitment, loneliness."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"You get the feeling Martin's not really committed to his movie about a man who won't commit. And he keeps us from committing, as well."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Meant to be bewitchingly graceful, instead comes off as half-asleep"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Claire Danes has a gravitas and grace to her that hearkens back to starlets of the 1930s and '40s."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"Cutesy but never cute, syrupy but never sweet, sexual but never erotic."
‑ Matt Pais,
"A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Where the book was preciously and carefully crafted, the movie just feels precious."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"I'm not entirely sure how it will play to a large audience, but it might have enough charm and wit, with a dash of complicated romance, to keep one entertained."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Rather than being a labeled a romantic comedy, Shopgirl is more of a coming-of-age drama"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The filmmakers put a good number of sweet, tender, appealing gestures into it...yet the movie comes off leaving one vaguely disappointed."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The sheer charm of Ms. Danes' performance, combined with the convincingly resigned sadness of Mr. Martin and the intense sincerity of the singularly uncharismatic Mr. Schwartzman, make this a deeply bittersweet film experience."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's a quiet, amusing, sad and hopeful film about the dissonance between age and youth, commitment and freedom, growth and stagnation."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Hasn't the brightness of a romantic comedy nor the tristesse of melodrama."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"It's L.A. as it is today, brooding, at times thoughtful, frustrating, and populated by souls like and completely unlike Mirabelle Buttersfield."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Desperta no espectador um sentimento de agradável melancolia, como aquele que experimentamos quando ouvimos uma melodia triste da qual gostamos muito."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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