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
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
A writer and comic who's the best when he's the nastiest, Brooks creates for himself a character that's way too accommodating and sweet.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The movie's big accomplishment turns out to be giving Stone an opportunity to display her previously unseen lighter side, a challenge the actress eagerly accepts.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
I thought Brooks mailed this script in.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The film delivers one caustic comic highlight after another.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Muse suffers from been - there - done - that syndrome, as well as the miscasting of Sharon Stone in the critical title role.
Barbara Lester - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The clear potential that The Muse possesses only makes the final product even more of a disappointment.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Appropriately enough, it seems that Brooks and Johnson needed a muse of their own to really make this film work.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
As a director, Brooks taps directly into Sharon Stone's funny bone; her glowing gift for comedy is enough to make you forgive and forget her many high-profile bombs.
Jason Kaufman - Citysearch
Though consistently fun in an Albert Brooks kind of way, this film drags its feet with the business of building to a climax.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Clever, often hilarious.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
When cameos are the highlight of your movie, your movie needs a little more work.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
- Empire Magazine
The Muse is amusing, pleasant and generally enjoyable, which would be enough for most filmmakers, but from someone of Albert Brooks' caliber, we have a right to expect more.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
An orgy of inside Hollywood jokes!
Hillel Italie - MSNBC
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
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
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
It all feels too inside to really bite.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
The Muse will appeal to anyone who has ever tried their hand at a creative endeavor.
David Forsmark - Credo
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A spectacular performance from Sharon Stone.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
One of the more obnoxious movies of the past 200 years.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The lead performances of Brooks, MacDowell, and Stone are critical to the story's success, and ultimately fall flat.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
This intelligent if not entirely satisfactory film should please Brooks' hardcore fans, but should have a harder time entertaining the average moviegoer.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Beautiful as always, Stone shows a real flair for comedy that may signal a new career direction for the former femme fatale.
George Meyer - Orlando Weekly
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
The casting is so right, the inside-Hollywood zingers so wicked, the whimsical premise so fresh, that the occasional slack moments rarely get in the way.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brooks has succeeded in making a movie that deserves to be shunned by moviegoers.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The Muse is not the perfect Albert Brooks film, but it is close.
Tony Toscano - Citadel Broadcasting
- E! Online
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
A hit-and-miss affair, banking a bit too much on its one joke premise.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Muse might have worked better if it didn't presume that we're all as interested in the machinations of Hollywood as Brooks is.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
Ostensibly a comedy about inspiration and creativity, The Muse is a clunker that's actually painfully lacking in both qualities.
Sandra Ramani - Citysearch
In The Muse, Brooks makes a mistake he's never made before: he starts with a situation comedy, then never moves beyond the situation.
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Gary Mairs - culturevulture.net
Too quirky to satisfy the undemanding and too flabby to satisfy people who have appreciated the star-director's previous work.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A dark and often unattractive movie.
David L. Beck - San Jose Mercury News
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews