Frances Ha (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

Frances Ha (2013)



Critic Consensus: Audiences will need to tolerate a certain amount of narrative drift, but thanks to sensitive direction from Noah Baumbach and an endearing performance from Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha makes it easy to forgive.

Movie Info

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption. (c) IFC Filmsmore
Rating: R (for sexual references and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 12, 2013
Box Office: $4.1M
IFC Films - Official Site


Greta Gerwig
as Frances
Hannah Dunne
as "Ask Me" Girl
Cindy Katz
as Congresswoman
Maya Kazan
as Caroline
Dean Wareham
as Spencer
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Frances Ha

Critic Reviews for Frances Ha

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (41)

One of the happiest sights you'll see all summer is a montage of Gerwig running and twirling across Chinatown with David Bowie's "Modern Love" on the soundtrack.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Top Critic

As Frances literally dances her way through the streets of New York, you can't help smiling and knowing she will be OK. She will figure out how to be the adult she was meant to be.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Few films top Woody Allen's Manhattan for capturing New York City's blend of rapture and apprehension. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha comes close.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Writing with Gerwig, Baumbach has created a fey, sneakily charming generational touchstone on a par with Annie Hall and his own Gen Y col-grad comedy Kicking and Screaming.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

The camera loves her. Probably because the director does, too.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Gerwig draws upon her well of previously-demonstrated charisma, her ample capacity for twerpitude refined, honed, elevated.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014

Audience Reviews for Frances Ha

An example of promising Woody Allen-esque story that is not only more successful because it has as its main character a woman so absolutely infantile that it becomes real hard not to find her irritating. Besides, the film is not half as funny as it believes to be.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Going into Frances Ha, I must admit I didn't expect anything much out of it. But I came out enjoying quite a bit. The film is quite short, but during its short run time, the film provides a well crafted story and some good performances. The film may not be the excellent picture that everyone says it is, but it's most certainly a film well worth seeing, and one that blends drama and comedy perfectly into one film. The result is an enjoyable picture, and the performances provided by the cast are very good and entertaining as well. If you're looking for a pleasant little film to pass the time, then give Frances Ha a shot. The film is entertaining, but it could have also been better as well. I really wanted to like more than this, and I felt that the film has unrealized potential to be something really memorable. But it does manage to be a worthwhile viewing experience, but at times you do get the sensation that things could have been improved upon. Frances Ha has all the trademarks of Indie productions, and it's a film that does manage to work much better than its contemporaries as it's a simple, yet effective storyline with much better acting than others of the genre. Enjoyable, fun and charming, Frances Ha is a film that is well worth seeing if you enjoy these types of movies. As well as that, I think that aside from Greta Gerwig role in The House of the Devil, which was directed by Ti West, this is her best performance yet.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Life in your late twenties is scary; some of your friends are getting married, having kids, or making crazy money in their jobs while you are broke, single, and still trying to find yourself. Frances Ha understands this anxiety and while the film's pacing could have used a bit more finesse, the insight into its main character is honest and wholly relatable. Greta Gerwig is fantastic.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Frances Ha Quotes

– Submitted by Tomas K (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Frances Ha on our Movie forum!