Jihan Abdalla
Owen Gleiberman
July 27, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shrink

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/24/09
performer
Kevin Spacey, Saffron Burrows, Dallas Roberts
director
Jonas Pate
author
Thomas Moffett
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

Why is it that movies can never get the rhythms, the prickly ?defensive and confessional dance, of a therapy session — at least, not the way The Sopranos did? In Shrink, this sick-soul-of-Los-?Angeles drama, Kevin Spacey plays a psychiatrist to the stars, but the character is such a wretch — an addict who’s gone numb over his wife’s suicide — that he just sits there, slack and glum, without the pretense that he’s helping anyone. The movie is slack too. 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. C?

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