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Damsels in Distress Reviews

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Ray Pride
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+
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
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
June 11, 2012
Once you let go and just go with the oddball flow, many delights await.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 4, 2012
It would be wonderful to report that Damsels in Distress marks a completely triumphant return for Stillman, yet while it's certainly recommendable, it falls short of his '90s output.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Top Critic
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
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