Shrink (2009)

What happens when the people we count on to hold us together are barely holding it together themselves? Jonas Pate's Shrink is a striking, fast-paced exposť of the "other" Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 24, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kevin Spacey's performance is almost sharp enough to save this Hollywood dramedy from itself, but in the end, he's dragged down by a cliched script and indifferent direction.

Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward, and when those sparks emanate from a doobie clutched by Kevin Spacey, a smug critique of the American dream is sure to follow.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

There really was a much better comedy here than melodrama.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Filled with cliches.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

I'm not his manager, but I wonder if Kevin Spacey would profit from laying off the sardonic, disaffected, emotionally numb characters for a while. They're criminally easy for him at this point in his career.

Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

Some of the humor is delicious. And there are a few fine moments of truth and pathos, most of them addressing a subset of grief often ignored on film.

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London Evening Standard

The film, expertly played by actors who look as if they know exactly what they are talking about, is a bit like a voyeur's view of the Hollywood we only hear about in scandal sheets.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The characters are so flatly conceived and their dilemmas so familiar that you wonder if the filmmakers even aspired to be original. Luckily, Kevin Spacey plays Carter with scene-saving grace.

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail

No one knows why bad things happen to good people. But we do know why bad things happen to good film ideas. They get ruined by poor scripts and indifferent direction.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Shrink neatly intertwines the lives of the leading characters in a manner reminiscent of Robert Altman's Short Cuts but without that film's haunting poignancy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Too much crowd, but almost everyone did right to their part, without which it'd have been a challenge to watch the movie. In the wake of my conscience… More
Steven Carrier
"Shrink" has such copious amounts of ethos and pathos that you are completely sucked in. The performances are so nuanced and lived-in that there is… More
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Keke Palmer, Jack Huston, Saffron Burrows, Mark Webber, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Pell James, Andrew Sibner, Robin Williams, Laura… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The doctor is out."</i> Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no… More
Leigh Ryan
Kevin Spacey is brilliant in this role. He never fails to bring such great characters to life and he shined in this one. It's a hard subject to bring… More
Walter M.
"I'll be there right after my AA meeting." "Oh, Larry. I didn't you realize you had a drinking problem." "Well I… More