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Metropolitan Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 18, 2003
Talky and pretentious, saved only by Eigeman's dry wit.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
True appreciation for this movie may be restricted to those with firsthand experience in this kind of world, or a certain upper-haute stamina.
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Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 1990
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sam Weisberg
Village Voice
August 4, 2015
It might make you long for a return to movies in which teens have a greater vocabulary than their parents.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not very much happens in Metropolitan, and yet everything that happens is felt deeply, because the characters in this movie are still too young to have perfected their defenses against life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
August 3, 2015
Stillman films these rounds of romance and jealousy, old mind-sets and new friendships, as scintillating dialectical jousts in which verbal blows take the place of action and leave lasting emotional wounds.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This film's fine point is not so much the plot as its view of this young aristocracy and the often funny and always engrossing dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 10, 2012
Stillman's script is so present at every moment that it's easy to overlook how precisely the film has been directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2008
Whit Stillman's crafty independent feature about wealthy Park Avenue teenagers and a middle-class boy who joins their ranks over one Christmas vacation is certainly well imagined, and impressively acted by a cast of newcomers.
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2008
Filmmaker Whit Stillman makes a strikingly original debut with Metropolitan, a glib, ironic portrait of the vulnerable young heirs to Manhattan's disappearing debutante scene.
July 18, 2008
As low-budget as the film looks, Stillman overcomes financial limitations by providing a learned script and eliciting polished performances.
Eric Melin
September 4, 2012
You get the feeling that you're eavesdropping on real conversation rather than the polite chit-chat you might expect at actual events, and seeing those aristocratic tendencies fall away to reveal scared human beings is part of the movie's infinite charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
One of the few films that successfully makes the East Coast upper class sympathetic. Stillman is current cinema's one true wit.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Blackwelder
September 29, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
February 11, 2006
...Stillman's vision and words last as memory, as a look back at a more innocent time, as a thought stretched luxuriously into sarcasm, some cynicism, and many simple and sublime moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Cabin
November 12, 2005
has the humor, warmth, and satirical edge to make it a tragically forgotten classic
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Leyland
July 18, 2008
A witty, urbane portrait of Manhattan's debutante scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 13, 2015
Stillman hasn't made as hermetically appealing a movie since, but for those lamenting the absence of the written word in modern comedy - rather than the improvisationally blurted-out kind - "Metropolitan" makes for delightful memory-lane viewing.
Joshua Tanzer
April 8, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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