Please Give Reviews

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September 20, 2020
About the people who give, the people who don't give and how we finally manage to connect with one another.
January 22, 2020
Please Give is truly a film for our age; it's darkly comic stuff from a mistress of the miserable-urbanites genre.
July 23, 2019
Holofcener brings a knowing empathy to all her characters, even the cruel cosmetician played by Peet. But she seems to have found a screen surrogate in Keener...
November 17, 2018
The most underrated American director this side of Richard Linklater, Nicole Holofcener, continues to be a master of The Moment: a tiny but meaningful exchange or look or gesture that conveys more emotion than any awards-bait monologue could.
December 3, 2017
In writer/director Nicole Holofcener's crisp, poignant and funny new movie, Kipling's "white man's burden" has evolved into the liberal woman's guilt.
September 18, 2017
In another director's hands, this subject might have been rife with sanctimony. Instead, Holofcener has made a sly, urbane comedy with several smart actresses who make her acerbic dialogue lively and believable, character-driven.
September 11, 2017
Funny at times, Please Give is a surprisingly heartwarming coming-of-age film for six adults all passing through different stages of heir life.
November 17, 2011
April 4, 2011
You have to be smart and funny and really aware of yourself to write and direct a film like this, which is exactly what director Nicole Holofcener is.
January 25, 2011
Doesn't have much plot, just characters interacting and developing, and its lack of a need for drama is refreshing.
September 10, 2010
Its conclusions are thoughtful and non-judgmental; satisfying even if it pulls a few punches.
September 9, 2010
Holofcener takes pretty much everything you're not supposed to talk about at a dinner party and spins it into a ruefully awkward, bone-dry comedy.
September 9, 2010
The film is more emotionally incisive than it initially appears to be, but equally it ties together a little too neatly when it already has such a concise running time.
September 9, 2010
Keener never lets us lose sight of something possibly redeemable about Kate, a move which ultimately saves her performance from lapsing into an easy social caricature.
September 8, 2010
Please Give isn't laugh-out-loud funny, it is witty and clever-a pleasing tale where not much happens, but spending time with the film's characters is enough.
September 7, 2010
The main problem with the film, though, is that it seems to assume that self-obsessed and charmless people are automatically interesting - just for being people. There's definitely a flaw in that logic.
September 3, 2010
It's involving and often gripping with wonderful performances by a top cast, although the sum of its parts is less than the story as a whole
August 26, 2010
The film lives at that uneasy intersection between affluence and compassion, where the well-meaning well-to-do try to figure out how much of their wealth they need to give away to make a difference.
July 6, 2010
Holofcener writes, and helps to shape on-screen, characters we often don't even like, and what do we do? We invite them home with us. Talk about a soft touch.
July 6, 2010
A stroll with these characters is a refreshing break from from the usual film exercises.
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