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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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-
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 6, 2010
Life-goes-on movies usually don't electrify the senses, but this one stimulates moral imagination.
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 18, 2010
Nicole Holofcener's lovely Please Give is a small, modest movie, full of the sort of characters we might know, or be.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 16, 2010
Holofcener's biggest ally against nauseating self-pity is Keener, her screen alter ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 11, 2010
Happily, the joy outweighs the guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 10, 2010
While Please Give is a film about conscience, it's also slyly funny, with piercing moments of insight and warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 10, 2010
In a Holofcener film, the usual rules of screenwriting do not apply, which lends her work a lifelike quality that's particularly refreshing in this era of formulaic remakes and sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 4, 2010
Nicole Holofcener is frequently lauded for writing vivid female characters, but such praise doesn't really do justice to her full game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 4, 2010
Please Give is an almost perfectly rendered slice of life, buoyant with wonderful performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 14, 2010
There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 14, 2010
Please Give is one of those movies that can be enjoyed simply for its funny portraits of human foibles and fumbling grasps at intimacy -- but it's also deceivingly profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2010
Holofcener hasn't made a great movie yet, but she hasn't created any bad ones, and her gentle humanism is to be cherished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2010
Some filmmakers make movies that hold up a mirror to nature. Nicole Holofcener makes seriocomedies that hold up a magnifying glass to human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 7, 2010
Please Give is a series of such set-piece scenes, a breezy, though not negligible, exploration of the contest between avarice and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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+
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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
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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 6, 2010
Please Give is a moral comedy that feels at times like one of the late Eric Rohmer's deceptively breezy miniatures, or a mid-period Woody Allen movie minus the fussiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 6, 2010
In its casual, disarming way, it's as deep and as grand a film as you'll find
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2010
This is one of those rare movies that made me want to thank the person who did it.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 6, 2010
The movie is about imperfect characters in a difficult world, who mostly do the best they can under the circumstances, but not always. Do you realize what a revolutionary approach that is for a movie these days?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
May 3, 2010
Brutally honest about the way people behave, and often devastatingly funny in its observations.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 30, 2010
One of the best movies of the year so far. An insightful, darkly funny and multi-layered character study about class and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 30, 2010
Few American filmmakers create female characters as realistically funny, attractively imperfect and flat-out annoying as does Ms. Holofcener.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 30, 2010
Please Give is Holofcener's best movie to date. The slender plot presents itself without fuss, a slice of Manhattan life, a la Woody Allen's early, most engaging work.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 30, 2010
This gorgeous film, always tender and sometimes dark, is a deeply resonant comic drama that's concerned with nothing less than life, death, love, sex, guilt and the urban logic of mortality.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 29, 2010
Such fine-tuned observation requires the ideal interpreter. Keener has always been Holofcener's muse, and once again offers the sort of fully crafted portrait that reminds us how shallow most movies really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2010
With her new film, the poignant and funny Please Give, Holofcener is at the top of her game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 29, 2010
Sometimes -- and far too rarely -- a film will hit all the right notes, with sharp, original dialogue, brilliant casting and an absorbing story. So caught up in its spell, you dread seeing the credits roll. Please Give is that movie.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 29, 2010
Some people might find it distasteful to make a movie about guilty rich folks who give themselves permission to splurge. Others will rightly appreciate the honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 28, 2010
[Holofcener] has real sympathy -- characters that might have been brittle, mockable creations in another writer-director's hands gain resonance here.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 27, 2010
Holofcener's humorous interest in yupscale entitlem.ent and its discontents mark her as a descendant of Woody Allen
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 26, 2010
An engagingly high-strung comedy about lack of empathy and the gnawing guilt that can attend it.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 23, 2010
It's a tricky kind of social satire, its possibly cloying self-absorption cut only by some winningly awkward characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 28, 2010
An edgy, somber, beautifully written Manhattan fable of guilt, shame, infidelity, death and real estate.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 25, 2010
Like Holofcener's previous pictures, Please Give derives its narrative energy less from a series of plotted incidents than from its keenly observed interplay of clashing personality tics and worldviews.
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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.