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The price of fame is murder -- or at least it is in the mind of one woman in New Hampshire. Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) has spent most of her life wanting to be famous; she's attractive, speaks well, and imagines herself to be intelligent ("imagines" is the key word here), so she has set her sights on becoming a TV anchorwoman. However, opportunities for female broadcasters are hard to come by in Little Hope, New Hampshire, and she's convinced that her husband, the once handsome but now flabby restaurant manager Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon), is just getting in her way.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As Jimmy, the teen sap who falls hard for Suzanne, Joaquin Phoenix is dead-eyed yet touchingly vulnerable -- a mush-mouthed angel."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's highly recommended."
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"A grotesque black comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Gus Van Sant directed this sharp black comedy about the obsession with television and celebrity culture."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"razor sharp"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"If, like me, you find things to admire in all of Gus Van Sant's early films, you may be especially gratified by what he's done with a satirical anti-TV script by Buck Henry."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"If you've hitherto failed to respond to the laid-back oddball appeal of Van Sant's movies, fear not: this is a sharp, consistently funny blend of black comedy and satire on the deleterious effects of television."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Like Roseanne, Gus Van Sant refuses to compromise his trademark smarty-pants assault on storybook America."
‑ Harlan Jacobson, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wicked, Wonderful and Wonderously performed"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A vicious pitch black satire on the public's fascination with violent crime."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A smart and wicked delight"
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"An irresistible black comedy and a wicked delight."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A mean-spirited satire, told in mock-tabloid style, this film features the best performance of Nicole Kidman to date (better than The Hours for which she won an Oscar), as an amoral small-town girl obsessed with becoming a TV star."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Exquisite media satire, as good as "Network" in its way."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Great black comedy featuring Kidman's best performance"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
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