The Muse
The Muse (1999)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
52%
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34%



Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite quirky and original writing, the subject matter feels too removed to produce laughs.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The Muse is as consistently funny as it is smartly tooled.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perversely amusing!

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Smart, funny -- and edgy.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Satire, Hollywood in-jokes won't appeal to kids.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Brooks' gentle satire of Hollywood.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

Typically fresh and idiosyncratic in the writing but often flat directorially.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Like the character he plays here, Albert Brooks needed someone or something to re-inspire him while working on this plodding comedy.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Original neurotic comedy, Albert Brooks' The Muse it's not very funny, dispite being entretaining.
Luke Baldock
It's gentle, warm and funny rather than being a hilarious attack on Hollywood. Yes it captures the natures of Hollywood fads and the shallow nature of the… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Albert Brooks tale of a Hollywood writer facing the end of his career is unintentionally ironic and kinda sad to watch. The help of major Tinseltown players do… More
Leigh Ryan
Funny!
Jim Hunter
I normally like Albert Brooks's films. Obviously Broadcast News and Defending Your Life are fantastic, and in those films, his neurotic, Woody Allen… More
Jim Woehr
A screen-writer (Albert Brooks) who desperately needs inspiration get helps from Sharon Stone who has him convinced that she's a modern-day muse. Despite… More