Metropolitan Reviews

March 11, 2019
Overall I enjoyed Metropolitan and I think the script by Whit Stilman is outstanding.
August 30, 2018
It is difficult to describe it without making it sound precious -- but in fact it is fresh, funny and very appealing.
May 9, 2018
Whit Stillman's directorial debut is a terrifically satirical portrayal of the upper echelons of New York society.
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.
August 6, 2015
Metropolitan has always felt like a movie that exists in a strange, insular little bubble of its own, utterly divorced from the personal experience of virtually anyone who watches it.
August 4, 2015
It might make you long for a return to movies in which teens have a greater vocabulary than their parents.
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.
August 2, 2015
Whit Stillman's "urban haute bourgeoisie" are redeemed because the filmmaker takes custody of them, their idiosyncrasies, their flaws.
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.
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.
July 18, 2008
Unusual subject matter handled with competent self-assurance.
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.
July 18, 2008
A witty, urbane portrait of Manhattan's 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.
July 18, 2008
It's wearing surprisingly well, yet is touchingly dated.
July 18, 2008
It's the beautifully chiselled dialogue -- counterpointed by near-static camerawork and a nicely mannered acting style -- that remains the chief attraction.
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.
December 27, 2006
Stillman's film depends on strong dialogue and language, his humor is submerged in the text and is played deadpan by his actors; no wonder some critics have compared him to the Gallic Eric Rohmer
June 24, 2006
None of Stillman's endearing characters quite fits their prescribed social context, and in its exhilarated final movement, Metropolitan finds an exit out of the stifling UHB salon.
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.