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
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
An orgy of inside Hollywood jokes!
Hillel Italie - MSNBC
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The Muse is to be treasured as a funny man's funniest film to date.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
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
The Muse is an underdeveloped, lackluster effort, despite a sparkling comic turn by Sharon Stone.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle