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Appropriate Behavior Reviews

January 20, 2015
Akhavan's most effective resource as a storyteller is her own face, a sometimes Chaplinesque blend of farce and pathos. She is a big talent to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2015
Akhavan's confidently off-kilter approach to basic human interaction makes for an authentically ironic, adorably wistful, smartly observed ride.
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
January 15, 2015
For all its disorganization and lack of an ending or even a sense of direction, "Appropriate Behavior" is alive.
January 15, 2015
It seems poised to become a similar cult classic for young urbanites.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 15, 2015
Ultimately, Appropriate Behavior works almost in spite of itself ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 14, 2015
For all the brazen charms of this warm, funny debut ... its quieter moments signal a profundity that's really worth getting excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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%
January 13, 2015
If this is a familiar kind of film with a familiar setting and a familiar resolution, that intense delicacy makes it clear that its creator is an unusual talent.
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 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.
January 12, 2015
Appropriate Behavior isn't a narrative about ethnicity or even LGBT struggles in the traditional sense, but rather a means of exploring the problems that result from reinforcing those very barriers. In the process, it introduces a thoroughly modern voice.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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 19, 2014
It may be a lesbian Persian-American 'Girls' knockoff, but writer-director-star Desiree Akhavan's debut still packs plenty of punch.