Tiny Furniture (2010)



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A recent college graduate keeps stumbling as she steps out into the real world in this independent comedy drama. Aura (Lena Dunham) has just graduated from a university in the Midwest, receiving a degree in film theory that even she seems to realize is essentially worthless. With no real prospects she returns home to her mother, Siri (Laurie Simmons), a successful photographer living in New York City. Aura's 17-year-old sister, Nadine (Grace Dunham), is about to graduate from high school and is … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lena Dunham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2012
Box Office: $0.4M


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Critic Reviews for Tiny Furniture

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (29)

A deft self-portrait of someone who hasn't reached the point where they can take themselves seriously.

Full Review… | March 27, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Dunham offers glancing and at times devastatingly funny hints at the world beyond our protagonist's blinkered narcissism.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

As Aura is unable to see past the immediate moment, the plot is structured in a way that provides no foreseeable linear direction to an inevitable destination.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Film School Rejects

an interpersonal chamber-piece that succeeds as well as it does thanks to the unabashed intimacy it has with its own diminutive subject matter. Call it a mumblecore mumblepiece.

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Endearingly frank.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Ultra Culture

It is Dunham's fearlessness in showing Aura warts and all that becomes endearing.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Tiny Furniture


I liked this film because of how real and relatable it is. It may seem self indulgent but the point is to show how a recent college graduate deals with her issues and tries to figure out her identity as an independent woman in the real world. So, of course, the film features this character's (Aura's) flaws and virtues in ways we may not always like... just like every other human being on this earth. We are sometimes ugly, awkward, pathetic, depressed, and whiny. We get involved with people who aren't worth our time and appreciate others who we sometimes ignored out of sheer ignorance. I like how this film captures those concepts and tries to make us see that Aura is a work-in-progress. She still has a lot of maturing to do, but those stupid decisions she's making now (and which her mother made as well), will (hopefully) make her a better woman in the future.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


It's a quiet, slow film that features beautiful cinematography, smart writing, and some hilarious moments. However, its pacing is off-putting and not much is accomplished. Nonetheless, it has its moments of affability, and does showcase Lena Dunham's ability to make a dry, black comedy that (if a little more tweaking had been to it) might have been a success.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


It's pretty tough to judge "Tiny Furniture" without judging its creator, Lena Dunham. The film is Lena Dunham, or at least a snapshot of her. That's the awesome thing about the movie - by directing, writing, and starring, Dunham has made something so personal that its hard to not be constantly impressed with her.

But the problem remains that she is self-absorbed. And thus, so is the film. She knows it, acknowledges it in her script, and has gone on to acknowledge it in Girls, but the truth is, she can't make anything that isn't about her, and she can't stay out of it. She wants people to see how she thinks, feels, and what she desires. And while this is an interesting film for exactly that reason, it also feels like listening to someone go on about their insecurities without a single thought given to anything outside of their bubble.

Lena Dunham continues to create in this way. She whines, though she is privileged, as if begging us to believe that she has problems too, and they are just as bad as everyone else's. And while such an experience in real life can be eye-opening, it can also be quite annoying - especially when it lasts an hour and a half.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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