Frances Ha Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
The camera loves her. Probably because the director does, too.
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 8, 2014
Gerwig draws upon her well of previously-demonstrated charisma, her ample capacity for twerpitude refined, honed, elevated.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Sweet without being saccharine and wrenching without being devastating. Frances Ha is a film of many small surprises, but they contain big, satisfying rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
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.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 19, 2013
(Gerwig's) willingness to hold absolutely nothing back deserves mad respect and can't help but make a viewer feel guilty for finding it all quite exasperating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 18, 2013
Game and not a self-promoting booster, always slightly outside the loop, the title character accepts what is dealt without complaint or anger.
Sophie Mayer
Sight and Sound
December 11, 2013
The thoughtfulness and commitment of Gerwig's performance in its shifts from chaotic exuberance to rigorous rehearsal suggest that she is the more interesting artist to watch.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
December 11, 2013
Gerwig superbly incarnates the contradictions of this insecure woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Knight
National Post
December 11, 2013
It's the mark of a good film when it's so simple you can sum it up in a sentence, and so deep you're still digging into it hours, even days after the credits roll. That's Frances Ha.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
December 11, 2013
Inspired by Gerwig's spontaneity, and scripted to cultivate it, the movie does turn up some occasional stilted line readings here and there, but periodic awkwardness also is shrewdly elemental to its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly
December 11, 2013
Months of Frances' life pass in minutes, yet those minutes feel like an eternity, thanks to non-action and uninspired editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
December 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph
December 11, 2013
I found Frances Ha frequently irritating and even cringe-inducing in the moment, yet feel tenderer towards it in retrospect. It's about a specific time in life, when the sudden stampede to self-definition can make people seem cruel, crazy or resentful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Morris
The Vine
December 11, 2013
Baumbach's previous films have been insightful and wry without ever really being all that likeable. Gerwig brings a charm and energy to this shared project that makes it, if perhaps not his deepest film, then easily his most fun.
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald
December 11, 2013
Frances Ha -- both the movie and its heroine -- is graceful, awkward, luminous and hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 11, 2013
Greta Gerwig is perhaps the most interesting of the younger American actresses working in films today, and she's wonderful as Frances in this black and white charmer from director Noah Baumbach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
December 11, 2013
The infectiously delightful exuberance of Frances that nearly vibrates off the screen is clearly tailor-made for the actress.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rebecca Jacobson
Willamette Week
December 11, 2013
Exuberant and disarming.
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 11, 2013
The gorgeously-made Frances Ha serves as a love letter from director to star; and like all love notes that aren't ours, it's intimate, mawkish and, in some vital way, unknowable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 11, 2013
As she zips from one oddball experience to another, the movie seems to be assuring us that this is what a young person is supposed to do and that Frances will find her thing. Whatever it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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