Lovely & Amazing (2001)



Critic Consensus: The bitingly truthful Lovely & Amazing is a smart and perceptive female character study.

Movie Info

Jane Marks is the matriarch of a confused trio of daughters -- a heady brew of vanity, insecurity and humor -- that seem to have nothing in common. Former homecoming queen Michelle, the eldest daughter, is in a loveless marriage with a spouse who does not appreciate her decidedly obscure artistic endeavors. Younger sister Elizabeth, a self-doubting actress whose career is beginning to take off, compulsively takes home stray dogs, saving them whether or not they need to be saved. Only the … More

Rating: R (for language and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nicole Holofcener
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2002
Box Office: $4.2M
Lions Gate Releasing - Official Site



as Michelle Marks

as Jane Marks

as Elizabeth Marks

as Annie Marks

as Lorraine

as Dr. Crane

as Romy Rosemont

as Photographer

as Saleswoman

as Saleswoman

as Pool Administrator

as Teased Girl

as Kevin's TV Costar

as Casting Director

as Director

as Teenage Boy

as Other Teenage Boy

as Customer

as Bertender

as Lorraine's Pool Frie...

as Baldasaro Salesgirl

as Jordan's Mom

as Premiere Guest

as Premiere Photographe...

as Premiere Guest

as Parking Attendant

as Premiere Guest

as ER Doctor

as Policeman

as Young Man at Phone

as McDonald's Clerk

as McDonald's Customer

as Jane's Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Lovely & Amazing

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (33)

Observed without corny resolutions and paced to allow for reflection, the film is understated but spot on.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mature story about relationships and family.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Seldom do movies create focus through spontaneity, but Lovely & Amazing feeds on surprise

Full Review… | August 2, 2009

Exceeded all my expectations.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

This serio-comic family portrait about self-absorption, self-esteem and family dynamics is excellently acted but more blatantly offbeat than dramatic.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Actresses beware. Catherine Keener is quietly cornering the market on self-assured, sharp-tongued feminism.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Lovely & Amazing


The fat black adopted girl is really, really funny. I do think Nicole Holofcener has a gift in comedy, but I don't like this as much as Please Give.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Not really so lovely, and definitely not amazing. Just average...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I love Catherine Keener and I liked this movie, a touching human story. I am just a sucker for these types of movies. Just goes to show you how insecurities can affect us no matter who we are and what our lives end up being like.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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