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May 10, 2016
Approaching contentious topics with clarity and tact and attempting to find the correct balance between irony and outright offence within a comedic context can often be a tricky affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 12, 2015
The slender, seemingly autobiographical film has its share of neurotic charms and funny one-liners, but it's too tentative about digging into its identity conflicts -- sexual or cultural.
February 25, 2016
Appropriate Behavior marks a strong first-time effort for the director, and establishes her ability as both a filmmaker and as an actress with considerable screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 16, 2015
It is admittedly another entry into the hip New York twenty-something subgenre. It is also, however, a frank and very funny debut from an interesting new talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2015
There's an engaging, indie sense of emotional flux in writer-director Desiree Akhavan's feature debut ... and a very funny script indeed behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 14, 2015
It's another New York-based coming-of-age comedy/drama, but don't roll your eyes: Desiree Akhavan is a fresh new voice in filmmaking.
April 20, 2015
It's a film offering us a rare perspective and highlighting why having female, LGBTQ, and minority perspectives as a whole are so woefully missed and so entirely necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 18, 2015
This deeply flawed debut is worth checking out. Akhavan is definitely one to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 2, 2015
Appropriate Behaviour is a confident and witty debut about finding yourself and fitting in that knows exactly what it wants to say. Akhavan is undoubtedly one to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2015
...Appropriate Behavior depicts a woman striving to be a quirky indie protagonist and gradually realizing that she's actually a human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2014
Funny, unique, and entirely inappropriate, Appropriate Behavior is a supremely satisfying and irreverent take on the New York rom-com.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 16, 2015
There's a lot to get across here, a lot of information, but the real strength of "Appropriate Behavior" is that you can sense, in every scene, that Akhavan really has something to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2015
There's no denying that Appropriate Behaviour is often good fun with a handful of truly great sequences, but as a film it's anything but consistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 2, 2016
The terrific film captures, among other things, the terror of trying to get back into the dating scene when you don't really fit into any scene.
January 14, 2015
"Shirin's pursuit of her true self isn't just a story we've rarely, if ever, seen on film; it's the introduction of a hilarious and essential new voice."
Full Review | Original Score: 90%
March 6, 2015
Akhavan achieves a near-perfect blend of satirical jaundice and naked delight in all things bohemian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2015
Forget its generic title, its breakup setup, and its indie-standard Brooklyn walk-and-talks: Writer/director Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior is the freshest comedy of life and love in the city since Obvious Child.
January 13, 2015
Desiree Akhavan cleverly skewers so much of what makes Brooklyn-set indies the subject of derision, but she does it with grace and humor, not with potshots or exaggerated gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2015
The female-fronted confessional comedy is given a Middle Eastern twist in writer/director Desiree Akhavan's sharply penned feature debut, in which she also stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2015
An original and charismatically honest New York comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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