(2009)

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63
Grief and suicide seem unlikely subjects for a comedy. But Shrink tries gamely to mine edgy humor from the darkest places. Sometimes it works. Other times, its Hollywood-centric focus feels like a re-heated cinemash of "The Wackness," "Crash" and "The Player."
60
Variety
The film may be too inside-baseball, with strained sympathy and contrived emotions.
60
Salon.com
Shrink offers a roster of wonderfully eccentric characterizations, shoehorned into a dramatic structure that's just a little too formulaic.
50
You do wish Pate and writer Thomas Moffett had gone for more wit given the outlandishness of the melodrama since it would be more fun to laugh at this than take it seriously.
50
These characters are mostly too sketchy and their connections too contrived for Shrink to jell as an incisive ensemble piece.
50
Starts promisingly, but Jonas Pate directs his fine cast straight into a swamp of schmaltz as every loose thread of plot gets patly resolved.
42
It wants to be "Good Will Hunting" set in the land of "Entourage," but its bummed-out touchy-feeliness is every bit as concocted as its overly jaded showbiz corruption.
42
Shrink is exactly like virtually all his (Spacey) post-"American Beauty" vehicles: flashy, phony, nakedly melodramatic, and full of big actorly moments disconnected from real life.
40
Village Voice
Pate's eye isn't bad, but Thomas Moffett's screenplay is self-serious piffle.
40
Ironically for a film revolving around psychotherapy, Shrink doesn't stand up to analysis.

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