• Unrated, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Lena Dunham
    In Theaters:
    Nov 12, 2010 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 14, 2012
  • IFC


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Tiny Furniture Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2012
Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Just when you think "Tiny Furniture" is of the nothing-happens school of indie-filmdom, something more dramatic happens.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 27, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Sharp observations, thin on entertainment value -- "Mumblecore" at its heart.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Dunham has a sharp eye for visual composition and a sharp ear, too.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

January 3, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It's one of the loveliest lowest-budget features to come down the pike.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Artful, smart, funny, sad and in its own small way dazzling.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

December 17, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's a fierce, self-lacerating wit on display in Lena Dunham's tiny indie Tiny Furniture: as big and bold as the production is modest and (literally) homemade.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Dunham definitely has a knack for shaping a comic scene, but Aura is so culturally and financially privileged that her woes begin to seem as trivial as the miniatures her mother uses in her artwork.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 10, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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In skewering the neuroses of New York bohemians, Durham has left us too little to care about.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 10, 2010
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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What Dunham lacks in polish, she makes up for in her ability to observe her generation, with the hardest truths coming at her own expense.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Many of us have been here - that first flush of post-college terror, remember? - and Dunham makes it funny and involving before entropy kicks in at the two-thirds mark.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 9, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's a find -- funny and rueful and verbally dexterous, leavening a quippy screenplay with just enough honesty to make it stick.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 9, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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If you're working with your own family in your own house and depicting passive aggression, selfishness and discontent and you produce a film this good, you can direct just about anybody in just about anything.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Dunham's dramatic comedy (comic drama?) renders the artist's life with candor, wit and 360-degree clarity. More, please.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 3, 2010
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The setup is pat, but Dunham's approach is utterly singular.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 16, 2010
Joe Leydon
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Written and directed by newcomer Lena Dunham, who also plays the lead role, this technically polished indie often feels like a semi-autographical effort by a filmmaker trying to work out issues in her art that she's still confronting in life.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 12, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
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This is a quirky little comedy, not a film that will change your view of reality or anything, but it's funny, wrenching and sharply observed, with a dispassion that suggests a real artist is at work.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 12, 2010
Dana Stevens
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For a DIY second feature from a very young director, Tiny Furniture feels surprisingly assured, even elegant.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 12, 2010
Bob Mondello
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The end result is that Tiny Furniture plays like situation comedy, but with an overlay of performance art.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7.5/10

November 12, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The actors, mostly nonprofessionals, deliver their lines with understated charm, the pacing is just right and Jody Lee Lipes' cinematography is clear and concise.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

November 12, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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By playing a version of herself (and asking her family to go along for the ride), and by closing the distance between art and life, she has gotten at something real.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 11, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Tiny Furniture, winner of the SXSW festival's best narrative feature prize, gets under your skin. It's the work of a filmmaker with a stunning future.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

November 11, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Tiny Furniture offers a 21st-century, East Coast spin on The Graduate, but with comedy-writer-ish dialogue and a mannered style that never fully gels.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

November 11, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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How Lena Dunham made her movie is more impressive or at least unique than the actual story she chooses to tell.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 10, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The funny thing? It all works reasonably well, especially if you have a yen for the urbane register of city kids and their amazingly cool parents.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 10, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a tiny tale of inertia, and it's also the grand triumph of a young artist with a mature trust in her own unique voice.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

November 10, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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I like to encourage young wannabes for pure guts, if nothing else. But Lena Dunham makes a 98-minute home video seem like 98 days of hard labor.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 0/4

November 10, 2010
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Tiny Furniture is a comedy of youthful confusion that gets its kick not only for evoking a world of unromantic hookups, casual BJs, and iPhone porn, but for satirizing New York's bourgeois bohemia.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 9, 2010
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