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Frances Ha Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
July 23, 2013
In your twenties you decide on the final version of you. Sophie is working on it; Frances is stuck in her crazy, clueless, can't-pay-the-rent stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 21, 2013
It's a tribute to Gerwig's performance, somehow both clumsy and elegant, that she wins us over despite ourselves, that we come to appreciate her aimlessness in a goal-oriented society ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 10, 2013
This is an odd film (creepier than it knows), and even if you feel the atmospheric company of Dunham-ism, with a little of Whit Stillman, Henry Jaglom, and Woody Allen, the core influence on Noah Baumbach's film is fifty years older or more.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 7, 2013
Baumbach usually builds his films around difficult protagonists, but Frances is entirely endearing, at once silly and deep, hopeless and promising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2013
The dialogue and editing are zippy and generally charming, combining with the tart observations of 20-something culture to create a nice frisson.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2013
A black-and-white salute to the French New Wave (the score is borrowed from Georges Delerue, composer of many a Truffaut and Godard film) that manages to be very much of this moment ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 24, 2013
The movie's a love letter to an actress and her character, but by the end you may feel like an intervention is more in order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 24, 2013
The obvious love of New York City echoes Woody Allen at his best. But "Frances Ha" is very much its own film, a story of life and love and messy rooms.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 23, 2013
Baumbach ... makes the film a celebration of Gerwig's coltish, goofball appeal.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 23, 2013
But there's just something so relentlessly likable about put-upon, impoverished Frances (Greta Gerwig) that it almost doesn't matter that her New York is just one big Williamsburg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 23, 2013
Late-blooming 20-somethings have never been so perfectly captured -- and Gerwig has never been more appealing -- than in this funny, tender, life-affirming movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 23, 2013
A modern fairy tale about a girl whose golden heart refuses to tarnish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 23, 2013
Like Gerwig's performance, it's natural, it's realistic, perfectly believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 23, 2013
The conversations sparkle with both intended and unintended wit, and in a certain cockeyed light, Frances' blithe denial of reality is a charming affirmation of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 23, 2013
The film may be small, but it's really good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com
May 18, 2013
Occasionally inspired, frequently charming and always watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 17, 2013
Has the earnest, wonky charm of a homemade valentine.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 17, 2013
It's a skimpy, overextended riff, but some of the seemingly tossed-off moments are lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 17, 2013
Frances Ha is sharply focused on a genuine life issue that doesn't get much play in movies: the challenges of platonic love and of the complicated passions of friendship.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 17, 2013
While Gerwig's gentleness gives Baumbach's work a new warmth, his touch gives her a new maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2013
An American independent film (shot in luminous black and white by Sam Levy) that feels off the cuff but is in fact exactly made by a filmmaker in total control of his resources.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
May 16, 2013
Perhaps Ms. Gerwig is the greatest actress alive. And maybe "Frances Ha" is just the ghost orchid of independent cinema.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 16, 2013
A witty and emotionally resonant portrait of growing up, while retaining the exuberance of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 16, 2013
Ms. Gerwig, who has effortless, behind-the-beat verbal timing, also possesses a knack for physical comedy, an enviable ability to obliterate the difference between clumsiness and grace.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 16, 2013
This is "Girls" minus the dark stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 16, 2013
The understated final moments made me happier than any other filmgoing experience I've had all year.
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May 16, 2013
There's a touch of Gracie Allen in Frances, an indomitable blithe spirit who lives happily within a bubble-world of her own construction.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 16, 2013
Aiming for lightness but landing with a thud, "Frances Ha" is a well-meaning blunder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 16, 2013
It's impossible not to fall hard for Greta Gerwig, who wrote the script with Baumbach and plays Frances with such smart, rumpled radiance that you bask in her glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
May 16, 2013
Quietly, empathetically, and without ever apologizing for the lead's impulsive idiocy, Frances Ha charts the character's dawning independence and acceptance of adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
May 15, 2013
Shot in inky black and white and bristling with performances that feel captured on the fly, Baumbach's best film since 2005's The Squid and the Whale is both a nod and a throwback to the French New Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 15, 2013
Nothing really happens in ''Frances Ha'' and yet the film takes us on an emotional journey.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
Here [Baumbach has] found the sweet spot between being personal and taking everything personally.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 14, 2013
For all of Gerwig's energy, there's not much forward momentum here, apart from a series of transitional apartments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 13, 2013
You gotta love Greta Gerwig: Even as the radiant mumblecore star's Hollywood stock continues to rise, the actress remains true to her dramatic roots.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 13, 2013
An exhilarating black-and-white New York seriocomedy from Noah Baumbach with a stellar star turn by co-writer Greta Gerwig.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 13, 2013
Frances is an artist whose medium is life itself, and Baumbach, his camera open with calm adoration, channels her waves of wonder and possibility.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 13, 2013
Baumbach has a hard time letting go of the notion that drama means building to humiliation. When he does, though, Frances Ha is beautiful and surprising.