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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The film ultimately lets Mirabelle down and leaves the viewer dissatisfied. A "Lost in Translation" drained of its wryly observed humor, Shopgirl is worth a browse. But it isn't always easy to buy.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In their way, Mirabelle and Ray are the deracinated West Coast equivalents of a Woody Allen couple.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Displaying some fine performances -- including a lovely one by Claire Danes and a lively one by Jason Schwartzman -- the elegantly appointed Shopgirl certainly has the goods but it ultimately fails to make the sale.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This is a special film whose delicate tone ranges from tender to astringent, with occasional side trips into sweet.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A tender and perceptive film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Stylish romantic comedy best for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes several "artfully" rendered sex scenes (filtered light, close-ups of beautiful faces), a couple that are comic (one raunchy, with handcuffs and black lace underwear, another interrupted by a cat), and some sex jokes, visual (a men is spotted masturbating through a telescope) and verbal (concerning "performance" and "anxiety). The film also features repeated conversations about relationships, and there's some discussion of one lover being old enough to be a young woman's father). Characters discuss condoms and fellatio, smoke and drink, and rock band members do drugs and encourage groupies.

  • Families can talk about Mirabelle's yearning for romance, as this stems from her own family's emotional reserve (pictured when she goes home for a visit and attributed to her father's status as a Vietnam war veteran). How is Mirabelle's choice -- between the older, wealthy Ray, and the scruffy, awkward Jeremy -- limiting, as she's beheld and desired by two men, like a fine object?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false5

    Sex: Several sex scenes, some delicate and others overtly comic (one features handcuffs); stereotypically busty rock groupies; a brief image of a man masturbating (his hand inside his boxers), and discussion/images of condoms.

  • language false3

    Language: Mild.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Discussion of commercial marketing of amplifiers; images of Diet Coke, McDonalds, L.A.'s Citywalk and an Imax theater.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, and some drug use.