• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Whit Stillman
    In Theaters:
    Apr 6, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 25, 2012
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Damsels in Distress Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Although the themes of clueless rich kids acting boorishly are very much the same as in Stillman's biggest hits, 'Metropolitan' and 'Barcelona,' the light and breezy "Damsels" more than stands on its own as an Austen-tatious delight.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B+

May 24, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Why he would once again focus his imagination on another ensemble of shallow, self-absorbed characters that are all directed to speak like they were born in the same upper-class Connecticut suburb indicates a one-track mind, at the least.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 1/5

April 21, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

One doesn't realize one has missed the airless irony of Whit Stillman until one sees Stillman's first feature film in 13 years.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 31, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Greta Gerwig gives a career-defining performance.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

December 12, 2012
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

And while it occasionally feels a little wobbly, it grows more sure of itself and richer as it goes along.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 24, 2012

While the highly mannered banter on show here doesn't quite have the cutting ring of Whit Stillman's] epocal, yuppie-era conversation piece Metropolitan (1990), it brims with dry wit and wry observations about college life and awkward emotions.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 2012

Whit Stillman hasn't been behind a camera in 13 years and it's time to toss the old adage out, you can forget how to ride a bike.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: D

August 24, 2012
Dan Callahan
House Next Door

This is a very funny movie, and in some ways a dirty movie, in the old Ernst Lubitsch sense of innuendoes standing in for outright sex talk.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

July 3, 2012
Michael Dequina

Once you let go and just go with the oddball flow, many delights await.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

June 11, 2012
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Its characters are unrecognizable to those of us inhabiting the real world, and despite its mounds and mounds of dialogue, it ultimately doesn't have a sticking thought in its pretty head.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

June 1, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A mannered comedy that's an acquired taste.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 23, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'His wit largely depends upon the shape and cadence of the sentence and upon an eccentric and personal vocabulary.' This Britannica entry on Ronald Firbank (a novelist mentioned in the movie) offers a perfect summation of the sense of humor found here...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... has a paradoxical aura of weighty triviality ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Stillman's return in "Damsels" ends up being like a friendly lunch with someone you used to have deep, all-night dorm-room conversations with back in college.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 16, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Stillman's script snarls with wit and snarky commentary on social organizations. He certainly has a unique style, and it makes me want to seek out his earlier films. Unfortunately, I felt like the film kind of petered out in the last act.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A good-hearted, delightfully quirky film with an intelligent vibe.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

May 9, 2012
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

To refer to a film's olfactory properties is ordinarily associated with expressing one's displeasure, but to do so in regard to Damsels in Distress is to praise this cinematic aromatherapy's mood-lifting qualities.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: A

May 8, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Stylized, slightly surreal, perhaps overdosing with flimsy whimsy

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 6/10

May 5, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It would be wonderful to report that Damsels in Distress marks a completely triumphant return for Stillman, yet while it's certainly recommendable, it falls short of his '90s output.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Whit Stillman ... creates dialogue that is as clever as it is chatty, with charming discursions for Gershwin tunes and even an attempt at starting a dance craze.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
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