Obvious Child Reviews

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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
Hats off to any film that tries (and succeeds) at presenting challenging, off-putting characters from whose palms I'm reluctantly persuaded to eat.
October 2, 2014
Robespierre is at her most assured in her handling of Donna's stand-up act: this is a rare example of a film about a creative type in which the process of transforming life into art is shown plausibly and in some detail.
September 30, 2014
Despite a few too-cute moments, the movie is both smarter and more sympathetic than that glib shorthand.
August 29, 2014
In Obvious Child, stand-up comedian Jenny Slate plays stand-up comedian Donna Stern, a Brooklyn hipster who puts absolutely no filters between her most intimate, embarrassing thoughts and her shtick on stage.
August 29, 2014
Just reading about this film will make some people feel sick. I adored it.
August 28, 2014
Robespierre and Slate deserve credit for nudging the abortion narrative away from scaremongering horror, and back towards, if not an entirely happy ending, then at least something a girl might get a joke or two out of.
August 28, 2014
Actor and stand-up Jenny Slate shines in this romantic comedy which faces up to the realities of abortion.
July 11, 2014
A wonderfully offbeat film about, yes, an abortion.
June 27, 2014
Slate is adept with biting remarks and self-deprecation, and she balances Donna somewhere between flightiness and innocence.
June 26, 2014
Sorry, partisans, but there's nothing obvious about "Obvious Child."
June 20, 2014
Slate is too pretty a face and Robespierre is too limited a writer for Obvious Child to rise above conventional romantic plotting or to make its low comedy meaningfully transgressive.
June 20, 2014
A cross between a Woody Allen farce and a one-woman show by Sarah Silverman.
June 19, 2014
Robespierre and company deserve high praise for tackling a story with such a difficult subject at its heart, with a combination of grace, humour and courage.
June 19, 2014
"Obvious Child" enters territory rarely trod by romantic comedies - it's clear Donna's in no way ready to have a child - and does so with warmth and wit.
June 19, 2014
A foul-mouthed comedy with an immature heroine has treated a thorny issue with remarkable candor.
June 19, 2014
Virtue and vulgarity fight to a draw via a film that should put the vivacious Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre on everyone's indie radar.
June 12, 2014
"Obvious Child" is being promoted as a groundbreaking topical comedy about abortion. But it's less than that. And more. And, basically, not.
June 12, 2014
A movie that feels risky and forgiving and, despite its traditional rom-com contours, refreshingly new.
June 12, 2014
The heroine can't seem to come up with any material that doesn't involve bodily functions; she never goes near the subject of motherhood, which proves that the filmmakers are scared to death of their own story.
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