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Dave White
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 25, 2011
Doesn't have much plot, just characters interacting and developing, and its lack of a need for drama is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 10, 2010
Its conclusions are thoughtful and non-judgmental; satisfying even if it pulls a few punches.
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
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.
Craig Mathieson
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
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.
Beth Wilson
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.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
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.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
July 6, 2010
Writer-director Nicole Holofcener seems to get better with every film, and now she's cruising along the well-trodden path of neurotic New Yorker comedy-drama with grace and comely confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 6, 2010
Please Give is quintessential Holofcener -- a loopy, episodic ensemble story of women dealing with marriage, money and men, but it's also her smartest, most disciplined movie to date.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
July 6, 2010
Keener, one of the most reliably entertaining actresses currently working, specializes in sardonic, flawed characters -- a perfect fit for Holofcener's image of the modern American woman.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephanie Zacharek
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 6, 2010
A stroll with these characters is a refreshing break from from the usual film exercises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Keener has become Holofcener's artistic alter ego. In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 6, 2010
The acting quality is strong, especially from the ever-reliable Catherine Keener as Kate, but it's almost impossible to care about her character's dilemmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 6, 2010
Nicole Holofcener, who writes the most interesting female characters in the movies, delivers another dazzling role to her muse, Catherine Keener, in Please Give, a delightfully dry dramedy about guilt.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
July 6, 2010
Life-goes-on movies usually don't electrify the senses, but this one stimulates moral imagination.
Fernando F. Croce
July 6, 2010
Wryly humane
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