It practically throws out its back with wackiness, but underneath, it nurses a misbegotten morality play.
Scott Brown - Entertainment Weekly
Offering few laughs and a climactic scene of breathtaking cruelty, this sour comedy draws you against your will into its malignant force field.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Textbook chick flick.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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
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
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
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
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
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
Part of the movie's problem is that it can't decide whether to be a romantic comedy or a satire of television. Unlike the most obvious example, 1987's Broadcast News, this movie's not smart enough to be both.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Raises the question: When does a movie go from being an homage to being a parasite?
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
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
An eccentric, boldly black romantic comedy.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Set in the exploitive world of Jerry Springer-style confessional shows, Little Black Book suggests this unpleasant theme: 'Movies That Aren't Worth Your Eight Bucks, Let Alone Talking About!'
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Built on a premise that is as predictable as it is thin.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
It's not just that this schizophrenic relationship pic-cum-showbiz satire lacks so much as a single fresh idea; it lacks an entertaining way of presenting its stale ideas, too.
Scott Foundas - Variety
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
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
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
The movie's tone veers wildly from scene to scene before taking an unexpected turn in the final scenes.
Jason Anderson - Globe and Mail
The problem is that director Nick Hurran and writers Melissa Carter and Elisa Bell see this as more of a sit-com. And, in a vain attempt to get laughs, they de-humanize their characters.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The comedy is mostly aimed at teenage females, but boyfriends, older sisters and even parents may find things at which to smile or even laugh.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Treat this sucker like the actors should have done when they read the script: Kick it to the curb.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's unfortunate that Little Black Book doesn't add up to more, because the movie's darker, more comic instincts might have flown with a stronger premise and better characters.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
A romance-free, comedy-free romantic comedy.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Time Out
Um filme pouco apreciado que, acredito, ganhara popularidade com o passar do tempo, ja que e infinitamente mais inteligente e ambicioso do que sugere sua superficie.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
With digital do-it-yourself precision prying now, it may be not be how far you can go, but how much do you really want to know?
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
It's virtually impossible to root for a protagonist so shamelessly duplicitous.
Neil Smith - BBC
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
We are drilled again and again in how much we should hate all of these characters.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Sloppy, unpleasant...one book best left on the shelf.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
The film is very funny and has many twists and turns as Stacy interacts with 3 ex-girlfriends.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
The cinematic equivalent of chic lit -- mildly amusing, but completely forgettable once you're done with it.
Nicole Perri - Premiere Magazine
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Focus on the excellent performances by Holly Hunter and Julianne Nicholson, the primary reasons this mean-spirited comedy can be tolerated at all.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
[O]ne of the worst romantic comedies of this or probably any other year.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Promoted and apparently conceived as a romantic comedy, the film is neither very comedic, nor even slightly romantic.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A romantic comedy without much romance and even less comedy.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Little Black Book has more in common with Sweet Smell of Success than When Harry Met Sally.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The first and last quarters show real ambition. It's the middle hour that's a drag.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
[T]he film itself isn't really a romantic comedy because there's no romance in it. Rather it's the antithesis of a romantic comedy.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A silly but fun chick flick with a great ending.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Setting out to make observations about relationships and America's obsession with rooting through the private lives of others, it ends up settling for a few cheap laughs.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Both psychologically revealing and richly comic.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The comedy veering into drama isn't smooth but with Murphy as the focus it works
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The director's best efforts to try to balance heart with farce and nice-girl folly with mean-girl meddling do not create any sort of believable whole.
Bridget Byrne - Boxoffice Magazine
I liked "Little Black Book" for its simple and sweet good nature.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A Shakespeare quote ('Hell is empty. All the devils are here.') flashes on the screen at the beginning of this film. Nah, hell is the theater where I wasted my time watching this film.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
A perfectly innoucuous little comedy-satire.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
the ending is both expected and unexpected.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A year or two from now, when Little Black Book plays on the Lifetime cable channel - this is merely a prediction - it will finally find its audience.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
I hesitate to call it a 'good' movie, because much of it is useless. But overall, it feels just quirky and interesting enough to recommend it, albeit lukewarmly.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Dean Essner - Los Angeles Daily News
Given the fact that it's August, you could do worse than hide out from the heat with the cute-as-a-bug Murphy, who manages to be funny and entertaining despite the material.
Karen Karbo - Oregonian
If we had to guess -- based on scenes where Murphy has to mug and roll her eyes and hop up and down or smack an answering machine with a hockey stick -- we'd say there was no script.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Big-screen advertisement for Palm Pilots and romantic paranoia.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Warning: Hijinks really don't ensue.
Catherine Lucey - Philadelphia Daily News
It's a self-satisfied, self-loathing mess that demands you adore and cheer for the very person you come to hate well before its 105 minutes are up.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
If she keeps this up, the number listed for Brittany Murphy in your PDA will soon need to be changed from Moviefone to a neighborhood video store.
Larry Carroll - FilmStew.com
A shallow, futile, banal romantic comedy that even a fluffy, feel-good ending cannot retrieve.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
An awkward and aggressively unfunny film.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
...fairly sordid and depressing...
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
It's galling to think that the filmmakers actually believe anyone will find such a duplicitous character interesting. And as played by Murphy, Stacy is full of supposedly comic character quirks, but little else.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
There's a term called 'idiot plot' that's used to describe stories whose development hinges on the stupidity of their characters.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
One must endure all that depressing down time for one happy lift in the end.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Characters have hidden motivations unexplained until the end, and deep reservoirs of urgent emotion pump beneath each well-drawn scene.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A dud, mostly serving to remind us of the other, better movies that it wants to be when it grows up.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
This otherwise limp Book injects a neat wrinkle into the chick film formula
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
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
It's constantly shifting tone...That's not always a bad thing, but here it has the feel of the elephant with a room full of blind screenwriters - nobody sees the big picture.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
This mixture of sleazy daytime talk shows and lighthearted romantic comedy makes for a muddled mess with few bright spots.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The sort of comedy where the chick flick goes to die, while grinning.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
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
All we get are a bunch of bad jokes and insight into everything people shouldn't do when starting a relationship.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As a media satire, Little Black Book is quite funny. Unfortunately, it's a romantic comedy, and in that area, it doesn't measure up.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
An unexpectedly enjoyable romantic comedy, Little Black Book steers clear of conventional contrivances and sugary idealism--without being down with love.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
Instead of actually channelling Meg Ryan, Murphy's overt attempts at cuteness make her seem vaguely inebriated.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
It's hard to find anything to like in Little Black Book, especially Murphy, who is the most revolting lead actress in Hollywood.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
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.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The 'comedy' is too offensive in tone, too mean-spirited to be worthy of investing a few hours watching.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Romance-free, comedy-free, charm-free, and apparently carb-free as well, with leading ladies Murphy and Hunter looking toned but stringy and underfed.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Murphy is cute and quirky, but the movie is not.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Surprisingly sharp, if convoluted, romantic comedy.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
What are Oscar winners like Hunter and Bates doing in a Brittany Murphy movie? That's like hiring Barbra Streisand and Beyonce Knowles to sing back-up for Ashlee Simpson.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
... perversely fascinating, if ultimately disappointing.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A big, funny finale can't redeem the rest of this slight, silly and hollow romantic comedy.
James Rocchi - Netflix
And then, the gimmick: Stacy stumbles on Derek's Palm while he's out on the road, and don't you know, she can't help but peek.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
If you must feel superior to the bad behavior of others, stick to Jerry Springer. As Carly has sung, nobody does it better.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Little Black Book is a dismal comedy about one betrayal after another.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Saddled with a vapid heroine, British director Nick Hurran sidesteps romance in favor of the zany, fast-talking world of daytime talk TV, culminating in an unconvincing, remarkably unpleasant finale.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
Much of Little Black Book seems like wasted opportunity and muddled execution.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Gets stronger as it goes, acknowledging that nice people don't always behave nicely and that screwing things up can be the best way to learn what you need to learn.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Murphy, who dazzled opposite Eminem in 8 Mile, seemed close to budding-starlet burnout after the dismal comedy Just Married. She bounces back in this one.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
It has solid performances, genuine wit and a few surprises that more than make up for occasional lapses in plot and taste.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Dean Essner - AV Club
A spicy critique of tabloid TV is buried in romantic-comedy material that strains too hard for cuteness. Ditto for Murphy's acting.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
so poorly pieced together that it would take another 90 minutes of footage to make sense of it all
Robert Strohmeyer - Filmcritic.com
It's not a major departure from the sugary genre norm, but Little Black Book definitely doesn't go where romantic comedy convention says it should.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Little Black Book is a pointless sermon about the disastrous consequences of acting like a complete and utter moron.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
it is with great relief that I report what started out as a forgettable bit of fluff gradually turned into something a bit more substantial. A bit.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
[A] distasteful, obnoxious, voyeuristic cesspool of human pettiness and cruelty that... thinks it's a Deep and Meaningful exploration of the contemporary battle of the sexes.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This movie is definitely one you should scratch from your own little list.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The predictable, big confrontation scene goes on for what feels like an eternity.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
If there is a reason to see it, it's the effortlessly enchanting Murphy, but that isn't quite reason enough. This is one Book that should have remained closed.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com