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Frances Ha Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anthony Kaufman
Screen International
December 11, 2013
[Frances Ha] may feel tossed-off, but like the early French New Wave films that inspired it, this affectionate portrait of wayward young folks trying to survive, emotionally and professionally, in the big city is both touching and meaningful.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2013
Baumbach likes to walk on the dark side in his films, but there is also a playful side to him. This film does have a dark edge to it, but a lighter mood dominates here, and that is a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
November 2, 2013
Bolstered by a shrewd script and meticulous director, Gerwig shines. By turn screwball heroine and ungainly in character, she emerges as her generation's finest comic actress.
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
October 16, 2013
A funny, life-affirming portrait of a well-meaning young woman who's a work-in-progress and a welcome departure for its director.
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
September 5, 2013
[T]he film is a delightfully spry vacation into the life of a woman who doesn't really deserve the affectionate film around her.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
August 24, 2013
It's all wonderfully tangential, sweet and unerringly funny, and it will have you dancing to Bowie's 'Modern Love' for days and days.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 20, 2013
Its flighty quarter-life crisis theme [will be] familiar to anyone who's seen five minutes of Girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 19, 2013
A genuinely heartfelt, gorgeous and beautiful celebration of youth, friendship and grappling with all the contradictions and challenges that life throws at us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Glasby
August 15, 2013
The likes of In Search Of A Midnight Kiss and Annie Hall have told their stories with much more wit and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
August 11, 2013
a smart, wry and surprisingly tender film about standing at the crossroads of adulthood.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 10, 2013
A virtuoso piece of writing, acting and direction to bring to the screen a 27 year old New Yorker who is more a dreamer than a pragmatist, more a romantic than a materialist and less able to control her life than to guess it
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 10, 2013
The film is like a breath of fresh air, with each gulp taken at the forks in the road that Frances encounters. It's fluid and free with as much spontaneity as a bird taking flight
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
August 1, 2013
Frances Ha has a warmth and lightness absent from Baumbach's earlier films, The Squid And The Whale (2005) and Margot At The Wedding (2007).
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 29, 2013
The sheer joy on Gerwig's face as she leaps and pirouettes across roads and between pedestrians is infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 28, 2013
There's little doubt that many people will find her insufferable, and almost everyone will experience moments of acute discomfort. But this is a wonderful performance that never becomes ingratiating.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 26, 2013
Like Ethan Hawke's recent Before Midnight (aimed at people in their 40s), Frances Ha will engage its literate-minded target audience fed up with disaster blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 26, 2013
The hilarious, touching Frances Ha is lubricated by the same juice that allowed Jean-Luc Godard's Bande Part to slip so smoothly through the streets of Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
July 26, 2013
A film that's well aware of its own hipness, but never too cool to laugh and cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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