Friends With Money - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Friends With Money Reviews

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.
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...
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.
April 21, 2006
Holofcener builds scenes around motifs that resonate marvelously.
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.
April 21, 2006
Sharply observed and cleverly written, in the end, the film is also a bit superficial, like its characters' lives.
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
April 21, 2006
The movie meanders a bit, never quite following through on its undeniably nasty take on human relations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2006
A shrewdly observed slice of L.A. disconnect.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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+
April 21, 2006
Friends with Money is not a finished portrait, just a disposable snapshot of people we're less than invested in.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2006
Jennifer Aniston comes into her own with this funny and sensitive comedy about four lifelong friends.
April 21, 2006
The cast is terrific, the movie isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
April 20, 2006
It's a thoughtful, funny film whose especially appealing cast makes up for what it lacks in plot.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 20, 2006
Proves that given the right cast, any comedy can survive.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
April 14, 2006
I'm officially fed up with Jennifer Aniston's blue period.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 14, 2006
Grows on you as minor touches make each ego a little more human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2006
One of those exasperating movies that you admire without necessarily liking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
April 12, 2006
Nothing ever happens in Friends with Money, but a pleasant time is spent waiting.
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).
April 10, 2006
The trouble with Holofcener's scheme is that the center of the movie is dead.
April 10, 2006
It's got some really strong writing and great performances.
April 8, 2006
No one making movies today has as firm a grasp of the intricacies of female friendship as writer-director Nicole Holofcener.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2006
I think I liked Aniston's old friends better.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2006
An exquisitely calibrated hypermodern comedy of manners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
April 6, 2006
Holofcener's film remains rooted in keen observations about everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 6, 2006
Every five years, Nicole Holofcener makes a movie, Catherine Keener acts in it, and some kind of magic happens.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
March 10, 2006
Amusing and astute, a smart observation on the ups and downs of female friendships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.