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

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Ray Pride

Gerwig draws upon her well of previously-demonstrated charisma, her ample capacity for twerpitude refined, honed, elevated.

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 8, 2014
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A-

February 20, 2014
Wesley Morris
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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.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 6, 2014
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

December 18, 2013
Sophie Mayer
Sight and Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 11, 2013
Anthony Quinn

Gerwig superbly incarnates the contradictions of this insecure woman.

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

December 11, 2013
Chris Knight
National Post

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.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 11, 2013
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

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.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2013
Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 11, 2013
Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2013
Anthony Morris
The Vine

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.

Full Review Source: The Vine

December 11, 2013
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2013
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2013
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A-

December 11, 2013
Rebecca Jacobson
Willamette Week

Exuberant and disarming.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week

December 11, 2013
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: A-

December 11, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 11, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 11, 2013
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
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