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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
May 12, 2010
There's nothing wrong with asking audiences to make up their own minds, but Please Give doesn't even ask.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
It is well-observed but morally stunted, in that it suggests that charity is just another form of self-medication
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
May 3, 2010
[Although] I think Holofcener's work is always interesting, I think this is the least satisfying of all her films I've seen.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 26, 2010
Ah, the guilt of the privileged.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2010
A muted, almost Rohmer-like moral tale that doesn't quite dive deeply enough into its several characters.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 1, 2010
Fleetingly amusing, charming and harmless with a terrific cast, but often meanders, lacks bite, and unevenly juggles comedy, drama and romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.78/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 30, 2010
Two possible ways of regarding Please Give: It's shallow. Or maybe it's deeply shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Hollywood News
June 18, 2010
an Upper East Side slice of navel gazing
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 18, 2010
Real joys and sorrows must be bigger and deeper than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 28, 2010
At a time when every penny counts, where do they come up with the money to finance a movie this boring?
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
Only Rebecca Hall comes through with a genuineness that rises above Holofcener's doodlings.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

National Post
April 30, 2010
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Leo Owen
Little White Lies
June 17, 2010
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.
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