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Actor/writer/director Albert Brooks turns his satiric gaze on the film industry in this comedy about a screenwriter who has hit a rough patch. Steven Philips (played by Brooks) has enjoyed a celebrated career in Hollywood, but one day he has a meeting with his agent, who informs him his career is suddenly going nowhere. Steven quickly finds himself at the end of his rope and is unable to put a decent sentence on paper. Desperate, he hears that there's a bona fide muse in Hollywood, Sarah (played by Sharon Stone), who might be able to help with his problems. The writer contacts Sarah,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Muse is as consistently funny as it is smartly tooled."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Perversely amusing!"
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Albert Brooks' mildly amusing satire about the inner workings of Hollywood benefits from Sharon Stone's droll and sexy performance, but as a comedy it's too familiar and not funny enough."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Squeezes out plenty of laughs at the expense of the Hollywood film community."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A writer and comic who's the best when he's the nastiest, Brooks creates for himself a character that's way too accommodating and sweet."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Smart, funny -- and edgy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Satire, Hollywood in-jokes won't appeal to kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Brooks' gentle satire of Hollywood."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A hit-and-miss affair, banking a bit too much on its one joke premise."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"I thought Brooks mailed this script in."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Typically fresh and idiosyncratic in the writing but often flat directorially."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Like the character he plays here, Albert Brooks needed someone or something to re-inspire him while working on this plodding comedy."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"In its story of a terrible filmmaker, it almost manages to explain the madness behind why Brooks still gets to crank out excrement like this."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"The Muse is an underdeveloped, lackluster effort, despite a sparkling comic turn by Sharon Stone."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Though consistently fun in an Albert Brooks kind of way, this film drags its feet with the business of building to a climax."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
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