Mistress America

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Mistress America brings out the best in collaborators Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, distilling its star's charm and director's dark wit into a ferociously funny co-written story.



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In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) - a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town - she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes.(C) Fox Searchlight

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  • [Gerwig's] performance as Brooke Cardinas, the anti-heroine of Noah Baumbach's Mistress America, is a highly calculated, artificial comic turn.

    Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Noah Baumbach is one of those successful directors who's obsessed with failure.

    Oct 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The difference between a good screwball comedy and a great one is that you care about the screwballs, and in that sense, Mistress America is great indeed.

    Oct 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Mistress America isn't a deep psychological examination of women's friendships. First and foremost, it's a comedy, and it's simply hilarious.

    Sep 3, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Mistress America" is comedy at its best - thoughtful and real while consistently riotous.

    Aug 28, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Despite clocking in at a skinny 84 minutes, Mistress America overstays its welcome.

    Aug 28, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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