Ellie Parker
Ellie Parker (2005)

Naomi Watts produces and stars in Ellie Parker, a semi-autobiographical story of an Australian actress struggling to make it in Hollywood. Ellie is young enough to still schlep to auditions back and forth across L.A., changing wardrobes and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite some poignant commentary about struggling actors and Naomi Watts' inspired performance, Ellie Parker stutters in making the transition from short to feature length.

Brandon Judell

This low-budget effort about a struggling, shallow L.A. actress who has nightmare auditions . . . stars a sensational Naomi Watts. But she's basically the only great thing in this highly uneven flick.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Eventually the energy of the original short runs out and the movie coasts on fumes, but it remains surprisingly enjoyable for all that.

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David Lamble
Bay Area Reporter

The real ace in the hole is the astonishing screen chemistry between Watts and her next potential boyfriend, deliciously played by filmmaker Scott Coffey.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Like a sputtering career, Ellie Parker pretty much goes nowhere, and it's difficult to imagine that it would be of interest to many beyond the Hollywood community.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

The premise -- someone trying to inject meaning into a necessarily vacuous existence -- is depressing, but there are moments of vaguely uncomfortable hilarity. The whole endeavor, however, winds up feeling flat and a bit dull.

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Paul Chambers

No one doubts Naomi Watts is photogenic, but this effort is very hard to sit through. Nearly impossible.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The picture looks cheap and feels stretched.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is the movie they should show in college acting classes, instead of tapes of Inside the Actors' Studio.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

There's barely any redeeming features to note, including Watts who is just at her worst.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
Really entertaining, experimental piece of work with a beyond good performance by Naomi Watts.
Joey Nevarez
An extremely uncomfortable movie-going experience. I would never watch it again. But Naomi Watts kept my interest in a truly brave performance. Apparently… More
Antony Stubbs
Shot piecemeal over around five years, Ellie Parker is a pseudo-biographical account of one actress' attempts to 'make it' in the movie world.… More
Stefan P
As a fan of Naomi Watts I had to see this so called comedy about life in Hollywood. Watts is amazing as usual and manages to keep the movie interesting. I… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]There are many actors who pass through Hollywood without becoming stars or making much of an impact. To think if it had not been for the… More
Robert Fearon
I really liked Naomi Watts in this film, but I'm convinced that she and Nicole Kidman are THE SAME PERSON. The audition scenes were really uncomfortable to… More