• 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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

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

| Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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True appreciation for this movie may be restricted to those with firsthand experience in this kind of world, or a certain upper-haute stamina.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

August 3, 1990
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not very much happens in Metropolitan, and yet everything that happens is felt deeply, because the characters in this movie are still too young to have perfected their defenses against life.

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

January 1, 2000
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
Rob Blackwelder

| Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2004
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
Matthew Leyland

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

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

July 18, 2008
Joshua Tanzer

| Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2003
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
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 18, 2008
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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