• 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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T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

Frances Ha is a refreshingly contemporary film, exploring 20-something hipster ennui with accuracy, empathy and humour.

Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette | Original Score: 4/5

June 28, 2013
Katherine Monk

As long as you remember to laugh, Frances Ha is a tolerable experience. Forget the "ha ha" and Frances Ha is beyond unbearable. I found this an odd and often frustrating truth, but it's what makes Noah Baumbach's new movie a success.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 ...

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 21, 2013
Allan Hunter
The List

Gerwig keeps you on side and rooting for Frances to get her act together in what becomes an affectionate salute to messy lives, an endearing underachiever and a New York state of mind.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Don't be fooled by Frances with all her feigned insecurity and branding of herself as "undateable" and predicting she'll be a lonely spinster. She's a psychopath.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny

Gerwig's deft screwball timing turns every disaster into a grace note. This may be a comedy of awkwardness, but rather than curl, your toes will tap.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

June 19, 2013
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

A refreshing amount of buoyancy to dance and charm its way through Quarter-Life Crisis territory. One of the best performances of Greta Gerwig's career to date

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 18, 2013
Simon Miraudo

Frances Ha is a sympathetic but not uncritical depiction of a girl's gradual evolution into a woman; one that never condescends by forcing her to abandon all her quirks and impish qualities in the final act... An absolute delight, this is.

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

June 14, 2013
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Indie darling Gerwig has a great deal to do with the picture's success: she's disarmingly likable...

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

June 13, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

There's a level of audacity beneath the lightweight whimsy in this unassuming low-budget comedy.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

June 13, 2013
Richard von Busack

"Frances Ha makes a star out of Gerwig, and she's the kind of star we need: a goofy one we can feel tender about but never underestimate."

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

June 13, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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This is an odd film (creepier than it knows), and even if you feel the atmospheric company of Dunham-ism, with a little of Whit Stillman, Henry Jaglom, and Woody Allen, the core influence on Noah Baumbach's film is fifty years older or more.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 10, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'I can't account for my own bruises,' Frances says, as if she were a clumsy kid with an adult's vocabulary. Does the remark refer to more than the abrasions on her skin?

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

June 10, 2013
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

A celebration of cinema, New York City and the distinctive charms of actress Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha was co-written by Gerwig and its director, Noah Baumbach, and it's the best film either has made.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 7, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Baumbach usually builds his films around difficult protagonists, but Frances is entirely endearing, at once silly and deep, hopeless and promising.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2013
John Serba

There's a thin line between comedy and tragedy, and Greta Gerwig walks it remarkably well.

Full Review Source: MLive.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 7, 2013
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

There's depth and realism in the way Frances Ha shows aspiration versus reality.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Gerwig, beyond a doubt, is immeasurably appealing, and Frances Ha is tailor-made to showcase her gifts better than anything she's ever been in.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

June 6, 2013
Bill Gibron

...if you hold your nose and simply wallow through the stench of self-aggrandizement, you'll be rewarded with an experience that will actually tug on your emotions.

Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2013
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Frances Ha provides a sharp, fleet, and very funny look at female friendship and the acceptance of adult responsibilities.

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

June 5, 2013
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