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Frances Ha (2013)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 161
Fresh: 149 | Rotten: 12

Audiences will need to tolerate a certain amount of narrative drift, but thanks to sensitive direction from Noah Baumbach and an endearing performance from Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha makes it easy to forgive.


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 4

Audiences will need to tolerate a certain amount of narrative drift, but thanks to sensitive direction from Noah Baumbach and an endearing performance from Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha makes it easy to forgive.



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Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship,



Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig

Nov 12, 2013


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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (149) | Rotten (12) | DVD (2)

One of the happiest sights you'll see all summer is a montage of Gerwig running and twirling across Chinatown with David Bowie's "Modern Love" on the soundtrack.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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As Frances literally dances her way through the streets of New York, you can't help smiling and knowing she will be OK. She will figure out how to be the adult she was meant to be.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Few films top Woody Allen's Manhattan for capturing New York City's blend of rapture and apprehension. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha comes close.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Writing with Gerwig, Baumbach has created a fey, sneakily charming generational touchstone on a par with Annie Hall and his own Gen Y col-grad comedy Kicking and Screaming.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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In your twenties you decide on the final version of you. Sophie is working on it; Frances is stuck in her crazy, clueless, can't-pay-the-rent stage.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a tribute to Gerwig's performance, somehow both clumsy and elegant, that she wins us over despite ourselves, that we come to appreciate her aimlessness in a goal-oriented society ...

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Gerwig draws upon her well of previously-demonstrated charisma, her ample capacity for twerpitude refined, honed, elevated.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

Sweet without being saccharine and wrenching without being devastating. Frances Ha is a film of many small surprises, but they contain big, satisfying rewards.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

(Gerwig's) willingness to hold absolutely nothing back deserves mad respect and can't help but make a viewer feel guilty for finding it all quite exasperating.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Game and not a self-promoting booster, always slightly outside the loop, the title character accepts what is dealt without complaint or anger.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The thoughtfulness and commitment of Gerwig's performance in its shifts from chaotic exuberance to rigorous rehearsal suggest that she is the more interesting artist to watch.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Gerwig superbly incarnates the contradictions of this insecure woman.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent

It's the mark of a good film when it's so simple you can sum it up in a sentence, and so deep you're still digging into it hours, even days after the credits roll. That's Frances Ha.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Inspired by Gerwig's spontaneity, and scripted to cultivate it, the movie does turn up some occasional stilted line readings here and there, but periodic awkwardness also is shrewdly elemental to its charm.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Months of Frances' life pass in minutes, yet those minutes feel like an eternity, thanks to non-action and uninspired editing.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

I found Frances Ha frequently irritating and even cringe-inducing in the moment, yet feel tenderer towards it in retrospect. It's about a specific time in life, when the sudden stampede to self-definition can make people seem cruel, crazy or resentful.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Baumbach's previous films have been insightful and wry without ever really being all that likeable. Gerwig brings a charm and energy to this shared project that makes it, if perhaps not his deepest film, then easily his most fun.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

Frances Ha -- both the movie and its heroine -- is graceful, awkward, luminous and hilarious.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Greta Gerwig is perhaps the most interesting of the younger American actresses working in films today, and she's wonderful as Frances in this black and white charmer from director Noah Baumbach.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The infectiously delightful exuberance of Frances that nearly vibrates off the screen is clearly tailor-made for the actress.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Exuberant and disarming.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

The gorgeously-made Frances Ha serves as a love letter from director to star; and like all love notes that aren't ours, it's intimate, mawkish and, in some vital way, unknowable.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

As she zips from one oddball experience to another, the movie seems to be assuring us that this is what a young person is supposed to do and that Frances will find her thing. Whatever it is.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Frances Ha

Going into Frances Ha, I must admit I didn't expect anything much out of it. But I came out enjoying quite a bit. The film is quite short, but during its short run time, the film provides a well crafted story and some good performances. The film may not be the excellent picture that everyone says it is, but it's most certainly a film well worth seeing, and one that blends drama and comedy perfectly into one film. The result is an enjoyable picture, and the performances provided by the cast are very good and entertaining as well. If you're looking for a pleasant little film to pass the time, then give Frances Ha a shot. The film is entertaining, but it could have also been better as well. I really wanted to like more than this, and I felt that the film has unrealized potential to be something really memorable. But it does manage to be a worthwhile viewing experience, but at times you do get the sensation that things could have been improved upon. Frances Ha has all the trademarks of Indie productions, and it's a film that does manage to work much better than its contemporaries as it's a simple, yet effective storyline with much better acting than others of the genre. Enjoyable, fun and charming, Frances Ha is a film that is well worth seeing if you enjoy these types of movies. As well as that, I think that aside from Greta Gerwig role in The House of the Devil, which was directed by Ti West, this is her best performance yet.
July 30, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I've heard a lot of people refer to Frances Ha as both a Woody Allen inspired film and as a blatant Woody Allen rip off. I think that is completely unfair and unfounded. There are similarities; It's about people, the script is great, it's a New York film. That's about it. With 20 years of film making under his belt and a very definite style of his own, this is very much a Noah Baumbach film. Stripping the film back to black and white simplicity suited the film perfectly, Manhattan wasn't the first time this was done either. Perfect film direction aside, this film is all about the wonderful Greta Gerwig. Her writing is as good as her acting and both are fabulous (darling). Honest, touching and very funny and universally appealing too. She really is representing a generation. I'm a similar age and I have to concur with her findings. Every generation claims to be 'The lost generation', but it's fair to say that every generation has that one individual gripe or feeling that is unique to it's age group. Gerwig captures that brilliantly and honestly, never shying away from the fact that we are often our own worst enemies as well as our own best saviors. The idea of compulsively going to Paris only to find herself with little to do and being too tired to do most of it is a brilliant swipe at our generations 'live for the day' motto. This is a future classic, no doubt, and rightfully so.
March 7, 2014

Super Reviewer

Life in your late twenties is scary; some of your friends are getting married, having kids, or making crazy money in their jobs while you are broke, single, and still trying to find yourself. Frances Ha understands this anxiety and while the film's pacing could have used a bit more finesse, the insight into its main character is honest and wholly relatable. Greta Gerwig is fantastic.
January 26, 2014

Super Reviewer

With such a simple story to tell, "Frances Ha," having the very symbolic title that it does, is a very fine film, displayed entirely in Black and White, to convey that this girls' life is nothing extraordinary, but what she is keeping on the inside (her dreams) is the colourful portion of the film. Having such a short run time, you almost question how much stuff you get to see before the credits role, and that is the best part about the film, because you don't feel like it is rushing in any way. I must say that Greta Gerwig's performance is unbelievably true to character, and she really makes you feel like you are watching this real person go through life's obstacles. I really enjoyed this picture.
January 10, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Frances: I'm so embarrassed. I'm not a real person yet.
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