There's nothing wrong with asking audiences to make up their own minds, but Please Give doesn't even ask.
| Original Score: B-
It is well-observed but morally stunted, in that it suggests that charity is just another form of self-medication
| Original Score: 83/100
[Although] I think Holofcener's work is always interesting, I think this is the least satisfying of all her films I've seen.
Ah, the guilt of the privileged.
| Original Score: 1/4
A muted, almost Rohmer-like moral tale that doesn't quite dive deeply enough into its several characters.
Fleetingly amusing, charming and harmless with a terrific cast, but often meanders, lacks bite, and unevenly juggles comedy, drama and romance.
| Original Score: 5.78/10
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Two possible ways of regarding Please Give: It's shallow. Or maybe it's deeply shallow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
an Upper East Side slice of navel gazing
Real joys and sorrows must be bigger and deeper than this.
At a time when every penny counts, where do they come up with the money to finance a movie this boring?
Only Rebecca Hall comes through with a genuineness that rises above Holofcener's doodlings.
| Original Score: C+
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.