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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
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
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
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 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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+
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
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
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
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 6, 2010
Life-goes-on movies usually don't electrify the senses, but this one stimulates moral imagination.
July 6, 2010
Wryly humane
June 30, 2010
A well-written, well-acted dramatic comedy that is light on plot but generous in spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2010
Touching: that's what makes Holofcener's films so lovely. They are beady-eyed satires, sure, but they're also fundamentally kind-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2010
This is a small film, which, if you're open to it, will draw you into the lives of people you quickly forget are fictional.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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