• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nicole Holofcener
    In Theaters:
    Apr 30, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 19, 2010
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Please Give Reviews

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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

There's nothing wrong with asking audiences to make up their own minds, but Please Give doesn't even ask.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper | Original Score: B-

May 12, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It is well-observed but morally stunted, in that it suggests that charity is just another form of self-medication

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

July 3, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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[Although] I think Holofcener's work is always interesting, I think this is the least satisfying of all her films I've seen.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 3, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Ah, the guilt of the privileged.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

April 26, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A muted, almost Rohmer-like moral tale that doesn't quite dive deeply enough into its several characters.

January 25, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Fleetingly amusing, charming and harmless with a terrific cast, but often meanders, lacks bite, and unevenly juggles comedy, drama and romance.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.78/10

May 1, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Trifles, trivialities, frippery and froth. We've got plenty of words to describe things that don't matter. And now, we also have a film. Please Give.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

June 16, 2010
Craig Mathieson

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 Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2010
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

September 7, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Two possible ways of regarding Please Give: It's shallow. Or maybe it's deeply shallow.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Yet another ramble through the tiny world of the affluent and the idle, a particular fascination of Holofcener's. The only difference this time is the increased emphasis on morbidity.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 7, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Far from challenging, the film consoles the complacent, saying basically that you can do whatever you want, so long as you feel (or pretend to feel) a little guilty about it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 7, 2010
Sean O'Connell
Hollywood News

an Upper East Side slice of navel gazing

Full Review Source: Hollywood News | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2010
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Real joys and sorrows must be bigger and deeper than this.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2010
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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At a time when every penny counts, where do they come up with the money to finance a movie this boring?

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 28, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Only Rebecca Hall comes through with a genuineness that rises above Holofcener's doodlings.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

May 7, 2010

National Post

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 30, 2010
Leo Owen
Little White Lies

Three dimensional characters, direct no nonsense dialogue and a dry sense of humour combine to create an understated thoroughly enjoyable feel-good film that leaves viewers with an invisible glow.

June 17, 2010
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