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Tiny Furniture (2010)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 5

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A recent college graduate keeps stumbling as she steps out into the real world in this independent comedy drama. Aura (Lena Dunham) has just graduated from a university in the Midwest, receiving a degree in film theory that even she seems to realize is essentially worthless. With no real prospects she returns home to her mother, Siri (Laurie Simmons), a successful photographer living in New York City. Aura's 17-year-old sister, Nadine (Grace Dunham), is about to graduate from high school and is



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A deft self-portrait of someone who hasn't reached the point where they can take themselves seriously.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Just when you think "Tiny Furniture" is of the nothing-happens school of indie-filmdom, something more dramatic happens.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sharp observations, thin on entertainment value -- "Mumblecore" at its heart.

January 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Dunham has a sharp eye for visual composition and a sharp ear, too.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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There's not much to it, but you do sense, after watching it, that this filmmaker might someday make something very good, once she starts looking beyond her own immediate vicinity.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's one of the loveliest lowest-budget features to come down the pike.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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As Aura is unable to see past the immediate moment, the plot is structured in a way that provides no foreseeable linear direction to an inevitable destination.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

an interpersonal chamber-piece that succeeds as well as it does thanks to the unabashed intimacy it has with its own diminutive subject matter. Call it a mumblecore mumblepiece.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Endearingly frank.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

It is Dunham's fearlessness in showing Aura warts and all that becomes endearing.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Speaks to anyone 'waiting' for their opportunity in life, sardonically pointing out the obstacles in the way in a glib but na´ve manner.

March 31, 2012 Full Review Source:

Dunham's satirical intentions can't quite compensate for the pain of spending almost 100 heartless minutes in the company of irredeemably unlikeable characters.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It's best enjoyed, like Aura's life, as a work in progress, promisingly tangy and archly amusing.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's clever, funny and never smug as Dunham pokes fun at herself and the pseuds around her.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Smartly observed and bitterly funny, the deadpan Tiny Furniture feels true to life for an entire generation struggling to find a job and make their mark on the world.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Lena Dunham demonstrates a keen eye for detail, a sharp ear for dialogue and a nice line in deadpan playing in this, her debut feature.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Dunham's critics are circling but this is well-written and funny.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Dunham's on-screen mixture - essentially all the S's (sadness, structurelessness, serendipity) - is stirred so skilfully it makes recent indie cinema of extemporisation, from mumblecore to Miranda Otto, seem like am-dram.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A painfully authentic anti-coming-of-ager.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A superbly written character study with a terrific, vanity-free performance from Lena Dunham that makes us warm to her character even as we recognise her more obnoxious traits.

March 28, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Tiny Furniture has been crafted in minute detail by a young filmmaker clearly bursting with ideas, quite the opposite of the film's main protagonist.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Much-maligned it may be, but the so-called mumblecore movement continues to turn out gems.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's got bags of baggy charm, and some brilliantly observed scenes.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Playing like a mumblecore The Graduate set in the affected milieu of the Tribeca art crowd, Tiny Furniture announces Dunham as a talent to watch...

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

succeeds admirably in its relatively scaled ambition to evoke the discomfort of a particular time in one's life while also jabbing playfully at the pretensions of the insular Soho art scene

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for Tiny Furniture

I liked this film because of how real and relatable it is. It may seem self indulgent but the point is to show how a recent college graduate deals with her issues and tries to figure out her identity as an independent woman in the real world. So, of course, the film features this character's (Aura's) flaws and virtues in ways we may not always like... just like every other human being on this earth. We are sometimes ugly, awkward, pathetic, depressed, and whiny. We get involved with people who aren't worth our time and appreciate others who we sometimes ignored out of sheer ignorance. I like how this film captures those concepts and tries to make us see that Aura is a work-in-progress. She still has a lot of maturing to do, but those stupid decisions she's making now (and which her mother made as well), will (hopefully) make her a better woman in the future.
June 13, 2014

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It's a quiet, slow film that features beautiful cinematography, smart writing, and some hilarious moments. However, its pacing is off-putting and not much is accomplished. Nonetheless, it has its moments of affability, and does showcase Lena Dunham's ability to make a dry, black comedy that (if a little more tweaking had been to it) might have been a success.
August 6, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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It's pretty tough to judge "Tiny Furniture" without judging its creator, Lena Dunham. The film is Lena Dunham, or at least a snapshot of her. That's the awesome thing about the movie - by directing, writing, and starring, Dunham has made something so personal that its hard to not be constantly impressed with her.

But the problem remains that she is self-absorbed. And thus, so is the film. She knows it, acknowledges it in her script, and has gone on to acknowledge it in Girls, but the truth is, she can't make anything that isn't about her, and she can't stay out of it. She wants people to see how she thinks, feels, and what she desires. And while this is an interesting film for exactly that reason, it also feels like listening to someone go on about their insecurities without a single thought given to anything outside of their bubble.

Lena Dunham continues to create in this way. She whines, though she is privileged, as if begging us to believe that she has problems too, and they are just as bad as everyone else's. And while such an experience in real life can be eye-opening, it can also be quite annoying - especially when it lasts an hour and a half.
January 31, 2013
Sam Barnett

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Lena Dunham has this amazing ability to capture those awkward revealing moments that we all like to pretend don't happen to us.
December 24, 2012

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