Obvious Child Reviews

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August 6, 2019
Obvious Child is one of the most empathy-inducing, genuine films featuring a cast of women tackling a women's issue ever made. Period.
June 25, 2019
Obvious Child is sweetness swaddled in a dirty joke.
April 3, 2019
Robespierre has fashioned an assertion of female worth within the confines of mainstream cinema. This is primarily accomplished through the film's sharp, acerbic dialogue and some beautifully rendered characters.
March 13, 2019
Where Obvious Child succeeds is in letting women be funny, not in the faux-humor of humiliation that too many comedic actresses in movies are subjected to these days, but in actual laugh-out-loud funny lines and situations.
August 28, 2018
Obvious Child is a quiet movie, in a way; no one needs saving, and everyone's going to be ok. But it feels like a big film all the same.
August 22, 2018
As Donna, [Jenny Slate] is vulnerable but not pathetic, and her actions and reactions are entirely believable.
January 4, 2018
Beyond the identity politics and humor, Obvious Child goes the extra mile to represent a seldom voiced, moderate position about a hot button topic.
September 2, 2017
It doesn't overtly try to be anything more than what it is, which makes it that much more cool to watch.
August 14, 2017
It's a big step forward that [Gillian] Robespierre's indie comedy never treats whether Donna should have an abortion as a debate; Instead, the film addresses what happens once that decision is made.
August 11, 2017
This film is quirky and witty but far surpasses its pregnancy counterparts like Juno or Knocked Up with a crew of folks determined to depict abortion simply as a part of life and nothing to be ashamed of.
June 30, 2017
Like her movie, Slate grows on you.
February 28, 2017
What a funny film it is.
July 27, 2016
A sensitive, bawdy delight.
June 21, 2016
The narrative goes in a direction that feels both familiar and surprisingly daring, and amongst some self-aware dialogue is a constant honesty with the situation at hand.
June 20, 2016
The humor in Obvious Child never trivializes its characters' feelings, but instead provides a balance and the ability to explore more nuanced emotional situations.
April 15, 2016
A frequently uneasy potluck of mixed emotional terrain, hit-and-miss jokes, and one transcendent performance that impressively, if messily, ties it all together.
November 12, 2015
It's a frank, funny and emotionally sophisticated story that quietly declines to fall in line with what is expected of young women on the big screen.
July 31, 2015
Obvious Child is bound to connect with lots of young women.
January 5, 2015
Robespierre's direction of the many fine actors she assembled is assured, her sense of pacing nicely loose-limbed.
January 5, 2015
Robespierre does a nice job of balancing the seriousness of this situation with the no-boundaries irreverence of Donna's comedy background.
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