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Damsels in Distress Reviews

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Lisa Rosman
indieWIRE
November 7, 2016
The problem is that since all these kids are so blank, only Stillman, as the narrative voice, is in on his many jokes.
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 29, 2016
[I]ts daffy, otherworldly story, rehearsing but not rehashing Stillman's frankly reactionary instincts, resounds less for its charming gaggle of collegiate women than for its dramatization of self-deception and the despair of depression.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013
Although the themes of clueless rich kids acting boorishly are very much the same as in Stillman's biggest hits, 'Metropolitan' and 'Barcelona,' the light and breezy "Damsels" more than stands on its own as an Austen-tatious delight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Why he would once again focus his imagination on another ensemble of shallow, self-absorbed characters that are all directed to speak like they were born in the same upper-class Connecticut suburb indicates a one-track mind, at the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 31, 2012
One doesn't realize one has missed the airless irony of Whit Stillman until one sees Stillman's first feature film in 13 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 12, 2012
Greta Gerwig gives a career-defining performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
October 24, 2012
And while it occasionally feels a little wobbly, it grows more sure of itself and richer as it goes along.
September 15, 2012
While the highly mannered banter on show here doesn't quite have the cutting ring of Whit Stillman's] epocal, yuppie-era conversation piece Metropolitan (1990), it brims with dry wit and wry observations about college life and awkward emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2012
Whit Stillman hasn't been behind a camera in 13 years and it's time to toss the old adage out, you can forget how to ride a bike.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dan Callahan
House Next Door
July 3, 2012
This is a very funny movie, and in some ways a dirty movie, in the old Ernst Lubitsch sense of innuendoes standing in for outright sex talk.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
June 11, 2012
Once you let go and just go with the oddball flow, many delights await.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 1, 2012
Its characters are unrecognizable to those of us inhabiting the real world, and despite its mounds and mounds of dialogue, it ultimately doesn't have a sticking thought in its pretty head.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 23, 2012
A mannered comedy that's an acquired taste.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 18, 2012
'His wit largely depends upon the shape and cadence of the sentence and upon an eccentric and personal vocabulary.' This Britannica entry on Ronald Firbank (a novelist mentioned in the movie) offers a perfect summation of the sense of humor found here...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 17, 2012
... has a paradoxical aura of weighty triviality ...
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 16, 2012
Stillman's return in "Damsels" ends up being like a friendly lunch with someone you used to have deep, all-night dorm-room conversations with back in college.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
Stillman's script snarls with wit and snarky commentary on social organizations. He certainly has a unique style, and it makes me want to seek out his earlier films. Unfortunately, I felt like the film kind of petered out in the last act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 9, 2012
A good-hearted, delightfully quirky film with an intelligent vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 8, 2012
To refer to a film's olfactory properties is ordinarily associated with expressing one's displeasure, but to do so in regard to Damsels in Distress is to praise this cinematic aromatherapy's mood-lifting qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 5, 2012
Stylized, slightly surreal, perhaps overdosing with flimsy whimsy
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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