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Friends With Money Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 25, 2012
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
This delicious, seriocomic tale of four friends in affluent, liberal, west L.A. grappling with midlife crises, metrosexual spouses and household remodeling takes on an avoided subject: money, and how it affects our relationships.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
This is a dense and sophisticated work about mortality, materialism, madness, jealousy and pity a movie in which the fabulous duds are ripped off the "Sex and the City" gals and they're left teetering on the edge of the abyss...
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
May 25, 2006
As a creator of characters, Holofcener has strong instincts for emblematic situations and telling habits, yet she takes a reticent approach to development -- she observes her subjects closely, but doesn't necessarily interpret.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 21, 2006
Holofcener builds scenes around motifs that resonate marvelously.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
April 21, 2006
It engages us from beginning to end without strong narrative, or narratives. It lives through the quality of Holofcener's dialogue and the performances that she has drawn from her actors.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 21, 2006
Sharply observed and cleverly written, in the end, the film is also a bit superficial, like its characters' lives.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 21, 2006
It's so effortless and pleasant to spend time with the characters (and the actresses) in Friends With Money that it seems churlish to notice that the movie adds up to nothing much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 21, 2006
The movie meanders a bit, never quite following through on its undeniably nasty take on human relations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2006
A shrewdly observed slice of L.A. disconnect.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 21, 2006
It walks a middle ground between humorous perspective and dark insight. Then again, don't most of us?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 21, 2006
Friends with Money is not a finished portrait, just a disposable snapshot of people we're less than invested in.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2006
Jennifer Aniston comes into her own with this funny and sensitive comedy about four lifelong friends.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 21, 2006
The cast is terrific, the movie isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
April 20, 2006
You could make an argument that that's how life is, unresolved, but as a film, it makes for frustrating viewing, particularly when plot threads with the potential to bust open the story are left hanging.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 20, 2006
It's a thoughtful, funny film whose especially appealing cast makes up for what it lacks in plot.
| Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 20, 2006
Proves that given the right cast, any comedy can survive.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 14, 2006
In plumbing the depths of despair of four unhappy Los Angeles women, all in their 30s and 40s, it reveals much about modern miscommunication.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 14, 2006
In hanging out with Franny, Christine, Jane and Olivia, you get not only a nuanced portrait of women's friendship but a glorious showcase of four actresses in their prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 14, 2006
I'm officially fed up with Jennifer Aniston's blue period.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 14, 2006
These are people not so different from those you know or perhaps even are, ever so slightly inflated, all the better to gently puncture.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 14, 2006
Holofcener, who also wrote the script, makes little attempt to puncture the insularity of her characters' lives, with either heavy satirical jabbing or flashes of illuminating insight.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 14, 2006
Grows on you as minor touches make each ego a little more human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 13, 2006
One of those exasperating movies that you admire without necessarily liking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 13, 2006
Sharply observed and deftly acted, Friends With Money offers a funny, sad, trenchant view of women of a certain age and social milieu (moneyed Los Angeles), struggling with, well, life.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 12, 2006
Nothing ever happens in Friends with Money, but a pleasant time is spent waiting.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 12, 2006
Friends with Money is not without humor and irony, and it's well worth seeing despite all of its gloom and doom (or perhaps because of it).
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 10, 2006
The trouble with Holofcener's scheme is that the center of the movie is dead.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 10, 2006
It's got some really strong writing and great performances.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 8, 2006
No one making movies today has as firm a grasp of the intricacies of female friendship as writer-director Nicole Holofcener.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 8, 2006
I think I liked Aniston's old friends better.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 7, 2006
After headlining two of 2005's worst movies (Derailed and Rumor Has It), Jennifer Aniston bounces back with Nicole Holofcener's acutely funny Friends With Money, Aniston's best on-screen performance since The Good Girl.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 7, 2006
Friends With Money is another finely etched, intelligently acted social comedy from Nicole Holofcener, whose first two features were Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 6, 2006
Nicole Holofcener's bittersweet comedy is about friendship and money and about how having one sometimes, maybe always, interferes with the other.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2006
An exquisitely calibrated hypermodern comedy of manners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
April 6, 2006
A class-conscious L.A. tale of four best friends and the men who love (and hurt) them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2006
The movie lacks warmth and edge. It seems to be more of an idea than a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 6, 2006
Holofcener's film remains rooted in keen observations about everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 6, 2006
Every five years, Nicole Holofcener makes a movie, Catherine Keener acts in it, and some kind of magic happens.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 6, 2006
If Friends With Money is about the meaning of success in a town obsessed with wealth, it is also, more universally, about our defining incompleteness, and the sad, uproarious inconclusiveness of life.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 5, 2006
[Holofcener donates] the best moments in Friends With Money to a dissection of feminine net-worth envy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 4, 2006
For a movie rich in hilarity, heartbreak and a sense of life in all its vibrant, messy sprawl, watch Friends With Money. It touches a nerve.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
Although the women provide the narrative's social glue, it's never clear how they formed their bonds. Rather than story, Friends With Money is founded on ready-made behavioral metaphors.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 10, 2006
Amusing and astute, a smart observation on the ups and downs of female friendships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 20, 2006
... offers an agreeable grazing menu of smart dialogue, wry observational humor and bright characterizations, but doesn't end up feeling like a full meal.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2006
A pitch-perfect ensemble comedy that burrows deep into the mind-set of white, upper middle-class Angelenos, anxious to strike the right balance among career, family, love life and money but never quite pulling it off.