Lovely & Amazing Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Observed without corny resolutions and paced to allow for reflection, the film is understated but spot on.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 26, 2002
A film of this sort demands superb, seemingly effortless acting, and Holofcener gets it at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2002
This is a fine, funny, humane film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 19, 2002
This is soap opera with a brain, as she reveals four people ... at their most unguarded and, therefore, honest and bitterly funny.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 19, 2002
The ensemble Holofcener has assembled comprises some of the best actresses working today, and they inhabit their roles with the astringency and softness these characters demand.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 19, 2002
The impressive thing about Holofcener's non-judgemental generosity with character, which at times recalls an American Mike Leigh, is that she makes no concessions to easy endearment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 19, 2002
It's a smart-talking, slice-of-life comedy/drama that could just as easily be titled Our Bodies/Ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2002
A gutsy little picture and a nice slice of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
Lovely and Amazing is Holofcener's deep, uncompromising curtsy to women she knows, and very likely is. When all is said and done, she loves them to pieces -- and so, I trust, will you.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 19, 2002
Performances are potent, and the women's stories are ably intercut and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 19, 2002
It looks closely, insightfully at fragile, complex relationships.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2002
For all its dirty talk and up-frontness, this is a family film -- it's about one family and the extended family of females. Any woman who sees it will recognize that, and any man who sees it will be better for it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 19, 2002
It's amazingly perceptive in its subtle, supportive but unsentimental look at the Marks family.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 19, 2002
A chick flick of a particularly intelligent, ruthless, and loving sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 19, 2002
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2002
Here is a movie that knows its women, listens to them, doesn't give them a pass, allows them to be real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rasmi Simhan
Dallas Morning News
July 18, 2002
In their love for each other and their ability to move on, the women are, in a way, lovely and amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2002
Sad and wry, deftly acted, and ultimately moving.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 18, 2002
Because the characters are more like collections of quirks than integrated personalities, you never quite understand why anyone does anything.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 18, 2002
Some scenes are served up like haiku. Others seem like abstracts of notes [Holofcener] scribbled to herself after sessions at the 'I'm OK, You're OK' corral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 17, 2002
We come to like these people, warts and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
July 12, 2002
Delivers a surprising, moving portrait of contemporary womanhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2002
Both subtler and spikier in its perception of the ways that modern women can sabotage the freedoms they crave [than Walking and Talking].
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 1, 2002
I don't think this movie loves women at all.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 28, 2002
Feels untidily honest.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 28, 2002
An insightful, heart-rending/wrenching/ warming take on the besieged state of modern womanhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 28, 2002
Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer and Brenda Blethyn shine in a delicate, loose-limbed and tremendously alive indie about women, family, self-image and survival.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
June 28, 2002
A wry comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 27, 2002
Zeroes in on contemporary narcissism and its fallout with a relentless, needling accuracy that illustrates exactly the way some people allow their personal insecurities and tics to poison their intimate relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2002
With a cast that includes some of the top actors working in independent film, Lovely & Amazing involves us because it is so incisive, so bleakly amusing about how we go about our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 27, 2002
Nicole Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing, from her own screenplay, jumps to the head of the class of women's films that manage to avoid the ghetto of sentimental chick-flicks by treating female follies with a satirical style.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
June 25, 2002
The auteur's ear for the way fears and slights are telegraphed in the most blithe exchanges gives the film its lingering tug.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 18, 2002
Emerges as something rare, an issue movie that's so honest and keenly observed that it doesn't feel like one.