Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
One of Brooks' most broadly entertaining films.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
There are lots of punchy lines, but the one-joke movie doesn't have all that much to say.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
The list of great moments is virtually endless!
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The Muse is as consistently funny as it is smartly tooled.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Quietly, consistently amusing.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Smart, funny -- and edgy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A knockout satire!
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There are bits in this movie that are so bright, so amusing and so truly, madly, deeply tied to a life most of us will never know, that you can't help watching the film with fascination.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Typically fresh and idiosyncratic in the writing but often flat directorially.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
It's good for some sterling one-liners and a generous handful of sparkling scenes, but after a strong, peppery start, the movie collapses into bland mush for want of anything interesting to say.
Rod Dreher - New York Post
It's imaginative enough to provide a reliable, pleasurable stream of chuckles and midsized laughs.
Peter Brunette - Film.com
What's most surprising about The Muse is how derivative, cliche-ridden and old-hat it is.
Ernest Hardy - Film.com
- Globe and Mail
More stupefying than entertaining.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The screenplay, despite containing a number of droll one-liners and a pair of deliciously funny scenes, possesses a turgid, directionless feel.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The central conflicts are either creepingly unengaging, unpalatable or so muted as to be nonexistent.
David Hunter - Hollywood Reporter
Albert Brooks pulls off a deft satire of Hollywood that benefits greatly from the clever casting of Sharon Stone.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
- Sight and Sound
Satire, Hollywood in-jokes won't appeal to kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Like the character he plays here, Albert Brooks needed someone or something to re-inspire him while working on this plodding comedy.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Albert Brooks' mildly amusing satire about the inner workings of Hollywood benefits from Sharon Stone's droll and sexy performance, but as a comedy it's too familiar and not funny enough.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Brooks' gentle satire of Hollywood.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Derek Adams - Time Out
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
- Film Threat
Mike Higgins - Sight and Sound
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
- Boxoffice Magazine
- Boston Phoenix
In its story of a terrible filmmaker, it almost manages to explain the madness behind why Brooks still gets to crank out excrement like this.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Squeezes out plenty of laughs at the expense of the Hollywood film community.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Any Albert Brooks fan will enjoy his latest.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The Muse is sketch-comedy thin and features an overdone comic performance from Sharon Stone, making it Brooks' least satisfying film in quite a while.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
There's enough good fun in this yarn to make us believe that the highly talented Brooks has spent most of his creative time in the presence of his muse.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The Muse is an underdeveloped, lackluster effort, despite a sparkling comic turn by Sharon Stone.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
It all feels too inside to really bite.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The Muse will appeal to anyone who has ever tried their hand at a creative endeavor.
David Forsmark - Credo
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher