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Damsels in Distress Reviews

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 4, 2012
Whit Stillman ... creates dialogue that is as clever as it is chatty, with charming discursions for Gershwin tunes and even an attempt at starting a dance craze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 4, 2012
Yes, it's the sort of thing that Wes Anderson might deride as "twee" and precious, but it's also a charmingly deadpan movie with sparkling dialogue that will make you smile more than laugh....
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
May 4, 2012
Greta Gerwig and her three co-stars babble through writer/director Whit Stillman's excellent, though sometimes overly chatty, script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 4, 2012
Like a degree in gender studies, there's no payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 4, 2012
The film would probably drag if it weren't so perfectly cast, especially with the gawky-beautiful Gerwig as its center.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
May 3, 2012
It's a while since anyone has made a film like this, and it'll probably be longer until we get another, so even if Stillman isn't your cup of tea, you should try to savour Damsels while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 3, 2012
Stillman cannot only still bring it verbose-style, but he can make it fun, cheerful and even optimistic in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
Violet and her circle are a row of billboards. By the time the movie peters out, we've already graduated.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 2, 2012
How much you enjoy it will depend on your tolerance for Whit Stillman's dry, self-consciously screwball sense of humor, and a storyline that seems to lose track of itself with alarming frequency.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 30, 2012
Set on the campus of a fictional East Coast college, Damsels revolves around a typical Stillman set of earnest, talky, old-beyond-their years and behind-their-time youngsters.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
April 29, 2012
This is the driest comedy farce in all the land. It fits very nicely in Stillman's catalog.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 28, 2012
Damsels in Distress seems to be a metaphor for a society that has constantly been in need of authority and responsible leadership, and where since frontier days women have seen it as their duty to set standards and improve rebellious males.
April 28, 2012
An intriguingly endearing kooky fest of witty dialogue that has no clear plan of where is wants to end up, short of a musical number to smooth over all grievances and differences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
April 27, 2012
For the most part, it's a film filled with simple pleasures...
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 27, 2012
Accept no imitations. Stillman is still the best Stillman clone we have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 27, 2012
The authorial voice in Damsels in Distress lacks definition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 27, 2012
Damsels in Distress ambles about amiably without much of a narrative: Plot has never been Stillman's strong suit, and in this film he seems particularly indifferent to its demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

London Evening Standard
April 27, 2012
It's difficult to think of a film that goes against the grain so thoroughly as this East Coast college comedy from Whit Stillman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
April 26, 2012
The film seems so aware of its inherent cool that, ultimately, it's difficult to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
April 26, 2012
Director Whit Stillman shows with this film why he has found it so hard to find funding for the past 13 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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