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Damsels in Distress Reviews

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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
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William Goss
Film.com
April 27, 2012
For the most part, it's a film filled with simple pleasures...
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 26, 2012
There's a self-consciousness to "Damsels" that takes away much of the fun.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 24, 2012
While the comedy might be patchy, Gerwig and Stillman make for quite the two-step.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 20, 2012
It's a slight piece of work, but agreeably peculiar and endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 20, 2012
The acting and the music are delightful, the jokes arrive on schedule, and everything sort of glows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 19, 2012
Whit Stillman? I'm there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 19, 2012
This a fun group of actors to watch, although it often seems that Stillman is unsure of what to do with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2012
Presumably meant to come off as affected in a comical way, the characters too often sound arrogant and ridiculous. Sometimes that's funny. Sometimes it's not. The ratio doesn't really work out the way you would like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 19, 2012
Fortunately, Damsels has an abundance of the erudite zingers that Stillman excels at writing, and that make his elegantly staged works seem like period pieces, even though they're set in modern times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tal Rosenberg
Chicago Reader
April 13, 2012
The premise -- young rich people discover themselves -- recalls that of Stillman's older features, but his characteristic naturalism is replaced here by overlit scenes, a saccharine symphonic score, and a halting narrative momentum.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 13, 2012
A movie sure to reward the filmmaker's most die-hard fans, while doing little to quiet critics who found his work self-conscious to the point of insufferability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2012
Flat scenes, weak characters and a disjointed and almost nonexistent narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 12, 2012
[It] concerns a young woman either adopted by a fabulously odd trio of new pals or indoctrinated into the most twee cult in collegiate history. It's all in your receptivity to Stillman's brittle humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2012
It's delightful and a little bewildering to find a 2012 comedy that evokes a world that exists only in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 9, 2012
It's a cri de coeur that hardly rises above a sociable interjection, an exhortation to collective revelry that leaves a sense of uneasily imposed, even quasi-martial, paces.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 6, 2012
Too ethereal to be a satire and too arch to be a psychologically recognizable character portrait, Damsels in Distress flits prettily by without ever finding anything to be about.
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April 6, 2012
Even were it not so delightful, Damsels in Distress, set at a fictional upper-crust college, would deserve a watch for its dialogue alone.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 6, 2012
While by no means his strongest work, even secondary Stillman goes leaps and bounds beyond what most of today's hacks try to pass off as romantic comedy.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 6, 2012
In its own superannuated preppy way, Stillman's comic universe is as singular as Woody Allen's.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 6, 2012
Gerwig is the heart of the movie. She gives a beautifully contained performance as Violet.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 6, 2012
Maybe it would have been better in black-and-white.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 6, 2012
This delicately funny and romantic film feels like an auspicious return.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 5, 2012
[A] digressive, whimsical, silly and ridiculously fun movie...
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 5, 2012
These are hardly damsels, but the distress will be felt by audiences watching the collection of non sequiturs, twee remarks and tangential vignettes that is Damsels in Distress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2012
Stillman too often substitutes pith for insight, until even that is drowned out by the sound of him chortling into his sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 5, 2012
Damsels in Distress is an exhilarating gift of a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 5, 2012
Just as precise and self-consciously precious as predicted. Which doesn't mean it hasn't got moments of charming wit buried under all its archness.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 5, 2012
...the zippy laughs and romance in Stillman's work have the speedy, hokey, agreeable air of an afternoon at the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 5, 2012
Even if it did not have other charms, this peculiar, uneven campus comedy would be worth seeing for the delightful felicity of its dialogue.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 4, 2012
Whatever imaginary era writer-director Whit Stillman has in mind, the customs he explores in this wan, self-consciously talky little drama intrigue him more than they do his audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
Considering the socioeconomic moment into which Damsels arrives-we're not in the go-go Clinton era anymore, Toto-it's relieving how scarcely Stillman's reactionary subtext bubbles to the surface.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 3, 2012
Stillman's film casts an unaccountable spell -- a cool, thin-blooded charm.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 2, 2012
Damsels in Distress is wobbly and borderline twee, but it deepens as it goes along and becomes rich.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
October 18, 2011
A film that raises laughs even with its end credits, Whit Stillman's whimsical campus comedy Damsels in Distress is an utter delight.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 18, 2011
Innocence deserted teen movies ages ago, but it makes a comeback, revived and romanticized, in this joyous anachronism.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 18, 2011
Even though I'm not sure I understand what Stillman was going for minute-to-minute, I was swept away by how original Damsels is, and how funny.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 18, 2011
Stillman is in fine form, depicting this campus as a kind of Ivy League Idiocracy.
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2011
Highbrow campus-comedy from long-lost Whit Stillman is a flawed but frequently hilarious comeback.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 14, 2011
It's too close to Gossip Girl to feel adorable.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
Alas, for this fan of Whit Stillman, great expectations are now met with mild disappointment.