• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Noah Baumbach
    In Theaters:
    May 17, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 12, 2013
  • IFC Films


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Frances Ha Reviews

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Anthony Kaufman
Screen International

[Frances Ha] may feel tossed-off, but like the early French New Wave films that inspired it, this affectionate portrait of wayward young folks trying to survive, emotionally and professionally, in the big city is both touching and meaningful.

Full Review Source: Screen International

December 11, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 11, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Baumbach likes to walk on the dark side in his films, but there is also a playful side to him. This film does have a dark edge to it, but a lighter mood dominates here, and that is a good thing.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

December 8, 2013
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies

Bolstered by a shrewd script and meticulous director, Gerwig shines. By turn screwball heroine and ungainly in character, she emerges as her generation's finest comic actress.

Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies

November 2, 2013
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

A funny, life-affirming portrait of a well-meaning young woman who's a work-in-progress and a welcome departure for its director.

Full Review Source: Film Threat

October 16, 2013
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

[T]he film is a delightfully spry vacation into the life of a woman who doesn't really deserve the affectionate film around her.

Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks | Original Score: B+

September 5, 2013
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

It's all wonderfully tangential, sweet and unerringly funny, and it will have you dancing to Bowie's 'Modern Love' for days and days.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 8/10

August 24, 2013

Its flighty quarter-life crisis theme [will be] familiar to anyone who's seen five minutes of Girls.

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

August 20, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

A genuinely heartfelt, gorgeous and beautiful celebration of youth, friendship and grappling with all the contradictions and challenges that life throws at us.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 19, 2013
Matt Glasby

The likes of In Search Of A Midnight Kiss and Annie Hall have told their stories with much more wit and charm.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 3/5

August 15, 2013
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

a smart, wry and surprisingly tender film about standing at the crossroads of adulthood.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

August 11, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A virtuoso piece of writing, acting and direction to bring to the screen a 27 year old New Yorker who is more a dreamer than a pragmatist, more a romantic than a materialist and less able to control her life than to guess it

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 10, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The film is like a breath of fresh air, with each gulp taken at the forks in the road that Frances encounters. It's fluid and free with as much spontaneity as a bird taking flight

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 10, 2013
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Frances Ha has a warmth and lightness absent from Baumbach's earlier films, The Squid And The Whale (2005) and Margot At The Wedding (2007).

Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK] | Original Score: 9/10

August 1, 2013

The sheer joy on Gerwig's face as she leaps and pirouettes across roads and between pedestrians is infectious.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

There's little doubt that many people will find her insufferable, and almost everyone will experience moments of acute discomfort. But this is a wonderful performance that never becomes ingratiating.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 28, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Like Ethan Hawke's recent Before Midnight (aimed at people in their 40s), Frances Ha will engage its literate-minded target audience fed up with disaster blockbusters.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2013
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The hilarious, touching Frances Ha is lubricated by the same juice that allowed Jean-Luc Godard's Bande Part to slip so smoothly through the streets of Paris.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2013
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

A film that's well aware of its own hipness, but never too cool to laugh and cry.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2013
David Sexton
This is London

Frances Ha might well strike some viewers as ridiculously twee and tiresomely indulgent to its immature heroine. Not me, though. I'm happy to be enchanted.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2013
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