• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Whit Stillman
    In Theaters:
    Aug 3, 1990 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 14, 2006
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Metropolitan Reviews

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Eric Melin

You get the feeling that you're eavesdropping on real conversation rather than the polite chit-chat you might expect at actual events, and seeing those aristocratic tendencies fall away to reveal scared human beings is part of the movie's infinite charm.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 4, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Stillman's script is so present at every moment that it's easy to overlook how precisely the film has been directed.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

April 10, 2012
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Unusual subject matter handled with competent self-assurance.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 18, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Whit Stillman's crafty independent feature about wealthy Park Avenue teenagers and a middle-class boy who joins their ranks over one Christmas vacation is certainly well imagined, and impressively acted by a cast of newcomers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 18, 2008
Matthew Leyland

A witty, urbane portrait of Manhattan's debutante scene.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 18, 2008

As low-budget as the film looks, Stillman overcomes financial limitations by providing a learned script and eliciting polished performances.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 18, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's wearing surprisingly well, yet is touchingly dated.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 18, 2008
Andrew Pulver

It's the beautifully chiselled dialogue -- counterpointed by near-static camerawork and a nicely mannered acting style -- that remains the chief attraction.

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

July 18, 2008
Variety Staff
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Filmmaker Whit Stillman makes a strikingly original debut with Metropolitan, a glib, ironic portrait of the vulnerable young heirs to Manhattan's disappearing debutante scene.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 18, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Stillman's film depends on strong dialogue and language, his humor is submerged in the text and is played deadpan by his actors; no wonder some critics have compared him to the Gallic Eric Rohmer

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

December 27, 2006
Jessica Winter
Time Out
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None of Stillman's endearing characters quite fits their prescribed social context, and in its exhilarated final movement, Metropolitan finds an exit out of the stifling UHB salon.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

...Stillman's vision and words last as memory, as a look back at a more innocent time, as a thought stretched luxuriously into sarcasm, some cynicism, and many simple and sublime moments.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 11, 2006
Chris Cabin

has the humor, warmth, and satirical edge to make it a tragically forgotten classic

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 12, 2005

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Stillman is a careful observer with an obvious love of language, and his wonderful, fresh cast handles the script with ease, conveying just the right measure of deadpan, jejune super-seriousness.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Talky and pretentious, saved only by Eigeman's dry wit.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

One of the few films that successfully makes the East Coast upper class sympathetic. Stillman is current cinema's one true wit.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 30, 2002
David Thomson

Metropolitan is not for everyone; but that is not a mark of shame or condemnation.

Full Review Source: Movieline

November 12, 2001
Mark R. Leeper

This film's fine point is not so much the plot as its view of this young aristocracy and the often funny and always engrossing dialogue.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

On a technical level, this is an amazingly slick film. Stillman knows how to, as they say, put every dollar on the screen. And on balance, he's certainly a filmmaker to watch for in the future.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Stillman films, with their acerbic humor, are perhaps best on the second and third viewing. With their rapid-fire approach and their subtle dialog, it is easy to miss many of the lines the first time around.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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