Little Black Book

Determined to learn about her boyfriend's past relationships, Stacy (Brittany Murphy) -- who works for a talk show -- becomes a bona fide snoop. With her colleague, Barb (Holly Hunter), Stacy gets the names of Derek's (Ron Livingston) ex-lovers and interviews them, supposedly for an upcoming show. But what she learns only adds to her confusion, and her plans begin to unravel when she befriends one of the women.
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NYT Review
"Little Black Book" would like to be a wised-up but still starry-eyed "Working Girl" and a more acerbic "Broadcast News." In trying to be both things at once, it can't hold a candle to either forerunner. Read the review
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[O]ne of the worst romantic comedies of this or probably any other year.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
It's no fun to side with Murphy's mean-spirited paranoiac, so we're soon rooting for the gynecologist to uncover a venereal disease, or for the chef to whip up some salmonella, or even for that Palm cradle to fall into the bathtub.
Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice  full review
It's not well scripted enough or well acted enough to do much of anything, save make anyone watching really hate Brittany Murphy for being so annoying and so incredibly unlikely as a cute twenty-something Diane Sawyer wannabe.
Sara Gebhardt, Washington Post  full review
If you think it's worth it to sit there for 97 minutes for three or possibly four laughs, then you are beyond help.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post  full review
If it's hard to like the message and the characters in this movie, it's even harder to like the acting, though the casting is strong.
Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star  full review
An awkward and aggressively unfunny film.
Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
Treat this sucker like the actors should have done when they read the script: Kick it to the curb.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
One of those annoyingly coy romantic comedies in which people try to improve their relationships by deceiving and investigating each other.
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel  full review
All Little Black Book offers is a pileup of sitcom scenarios overlaid with annoyingly glib narration, a la Sex and the City.
Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
The jaw-droppingly nasty second act is intriguing, but it veers into territory so dark that it sucks the air out of the bouncy chick flick that surrounds it, making for one confused -- and confusing -- comedy.
Megan Lehmann, New York Post
A screechy chick-flick relationship comedy with a lot of things working for and against it -- mostly against it.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News  full review
Starts as the playful romantic comedy, then veers into an ensemble piece about ruthless careerism before settling for melodramatic self-obsession.
Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle  full review
Shrill and prone to annoying overstatement, Murphy poses the first of many problems with Little Black Book, a lame attempt to meld comedy, romance and satire.
Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
Raises the question: When does a movie go from being an homage to being a parasite?
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
We assume this is going to be a routine career-girl comedy, and we're surprised when it moves deeper into its subject until finally it's a satirical comedy about television that invades some of the same territory as Network or Broadcast News
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
It's written more cleverly than you might expect, with occasionally funny one-liners ... and the good sense not to take itself too seriously most of the time.
Janice Page, Boston Globe  full review
Filled with poor excuses for human beings, who are supposed to be funny in their utter disregard for their fellow man. But they mostly come off as sadistic and cruel, which isn't a great recipe for knee-slapping comedy.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic  full review
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  • Release Year: 2004
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 111 min
  • Available From: Dec 04, 2012
  • Queued by: 204 people
Directed By
Nick Hurran
Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston, Julianne Nicholson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kevin Sussman, Rashida Jones, Josie Maran, Jason Antoon