Please Give Reviews

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November 17, 2011
July 6, 2010
Life-goes-on movies usually don't electrify the senses, but this one stimulates moral imagination.
July 6, 2010
Keener has become Holofcener's artistic alter ego. In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy.
July 6, 2010
Nicole Holofcener, who writes the most interesting female characters in the movies, delivers another dazzling role to her muse, Catherine Keener, in Please Give, a delightfully dry dramedy about guilt.
June 24, 2010
Touching: that's what makes Holofcener's films so lovely. They are beady-eyed satires, sure, but they're also fundamentally kind-hearted.
June 24, 2010
It sparks laughter by crossing the wires of human motivation, letting you see the hazards that exist in trying to be a good person.
June 18, 2010
Nicole Holofcener's lovely Please Give is a small, modest movie, full of the sort of characters we might know, or be.
June 17, 2010
Three dimensional characters, direct no nonsense dialogue and a dry sense of humour combine to create an understated thoroughly enjoyable feel-good film that leaves viewers with an invisible glow.
June 16, 2010
Holofcener's biggest ally against nauseating self-pity is Keener, her screen alter ego.
June 11, 2010
Happily, the joy outweighs the guilt.
June 10, 2010
While Please Give is a film about conscience, it's also slyly funny, with piercing moments of insight and warmth.
June 10, 2010
In a Holofcener film, the usual rules of screenwriting do not apply, which lends her work a lifelike quality that's particularly refreshing in this era of formulaic remakes and sequels.
June 4, 2010
Nicole Holofcener is frequently lauded for writing vivid female characters, but such praise doesn't really do justice to her full game.
June 4, 2010
Please Give is an almost perfectly rendered slice of life, buoyant with wonderful performances.
May 14, 2010
There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard.
May 14, 2010
Please Give is one of those movies that can be enjoyed simply for its funny portraits of human foibles and fumbling grasps at intimacy -- but it's also deceivingly profound.
May 13, 2010
Some filmmakers make movies that hold up a mirror to nature. Nicole Holofcener makes seriocomedies that hold up a magnifying glass to human nature.
May 7, 2010
Please Give is a series of such set-piece scenes, a breezy, though not negligible, exploration of the contest between avarice and empathy.
May 7, 2010
Only Rebecca Hall comes through with a genuineness that rises above Holofcener's doodlings.
May 7, 2010
Far from challenging, the film consoles the complacent, saying basically that you can do whatever you want, so long as you feel (or pretend to feel) a little guilty about it.
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