Picks and Pans Review: 3 Reasons I Love ... Samantha Who?'s Jennifer Esposito

updated 11/26/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

1 SHE MAKES SHALLOW SEXY As a fun-loving, mean-spirited Manhattan real-estate agent teasing out the worst impulses in her old friend Sam (Christina Applegate), she gives a performance that's outlined in bold and energized by tart vivacity–she's a cartoon Sex and the City girl.

2 SHE'S THE PERFECT FOIL to costar Applegate, who's funny in a different, squiggly way: She's more like a Sex and the City doodle.

3 THERE'S A REAL WARMTH to her performances, not only here but also on Rescue Me this season and last year's Related. She may be topped with a gorgeous cascade of Jennifer Lopez hair, but underneath there's something of Edie Falco's grounded human feeling.

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