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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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Netflix Rating: 3.1
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
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 21%
Critics' score: 21   Audience score: 45   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

[O]ne of the worst romantic comedies of this or probably any other year. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

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. full review

Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice

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. full review

Sara Gebhardt, Washington Post

If you think it's worth it to sit there for 97 minutes for three or possibly four laughs, then you are beyond help. full review

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

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. full review

Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star

An awkward and aggressively unfunny film. full review

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle

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. full review

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

All Little Black Book offers is a pileup of sitcom scenarios overlaid with annoyingly glib narration, a la Sex and the City. full review

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger

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. full review

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News

Starts as the playful romantic comedy, then veers into an ensemble piece about ruthless careerism before settling for melodramatic self-obsession. full review

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

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? full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

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 full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Janice Page, Boston Globe

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. full review

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

The movie's tone veers wildly from scene to scene before taking an unexpected turn in the final scenes. full review

Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail

Textbook chick flick. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

An unfortunate confluence of herky-jerky script, pointless scenes, weak slapstick and too many forays into the Land of the Moronic ... prevents the film from transcending its genre. full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
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  • Release Year: 2004
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 111 min
  • Available From: Dec 04, 2012
  • Queued by: 170 people
Directed By
Nick Hurran
Cast
Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston, Julianne Nicholson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kevin Sussman, Rashida Jones, Josie Maran, Jason Antoon
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