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Tiny Furniture Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 27, 2012
A deft self-portrait of someone who hasn't reached the point where they can take themselves seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 27, 2011
Just when you think "Tiny Furniture" is of the nothing-happens school of indie-filmdom, something more dramatic happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 25, 2011
Sharp observations, thin on entertainment value -- "Mumblecore" at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
Dunham has a sharp eye for visual composition and a sharp ear, too.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 24, 2010
There's not much to it, but you do sense, after watching it, that this filmmaker might someday make something very good, once she starts looking beyond her own immediate vicinity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2010
It's one of the loveliest lowest-budget features to come down the pike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 17, 2010
Artful, smart, funny, sad and in its own small way dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 17, 2010
There's a fierce, self-lacerating wit on display in Lena Dunham's tiny indie Tiny Furniture: as big and bold as the production is modest and (literally) homemade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 10, 2010
Dunham definitely has a knack for shaping a comic scene, but Aura is so culturally and financially privileged that her woes begin to seem as trivial as the miniatures her mother uses in her artwork.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 10, 2010
In skewering the neuroses of New York bohemians, Durham has left us too little to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 9, 2010
What Dunham lacks in polish, she makes up for in her ability to observe her generation, with the hardest truths coming at her own expense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 9, 2010
Many of us have been here - that first flush of post-college terror, remember? - and Dunham makes it funny and involving before entropy kicks in at the two-thirds mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 9, 2010
It's a find -- funny and rueful and verbally dexterous, leavening a quippy screenplay with just enough honesty to make it stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 9, 2010
If you're working with your own family in your own house and depicting passive aggression, selfishness and discontent and you produce a film this good, you can direct just about anybody in just about anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 3, 2010
Dunham's dramatic comedy (comic drama?) renders the artist's life with candor, wit and 360-degree clarity. More, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 16, 2010
The setup is pat, but Dunham's approach is utterly singular.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 12, 2010
Even if the movie slightly overstays its welcome, Aura's life never grows tedious. Instead, it blossoms.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
November 12, 2010
Written and directed by newcomer Lena Dunham, who also plays the lead role, this technically polished indie often feels like a semi-autographical effort by a filmmaker trying to work out issues in her art that she's still confronting in life.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 12, 2010
This is a quirky little comedy, not a film that will change your view of reality or anything, but it's funny, wrenching and sharply observed, with a dispassion that suggests a real artist is at work.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 12, 2010
For a DIY second feature from a very young director, Tiny Furniture feels surprisingly assured, even elegant.
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November 12, 2010
The end result is that Tiny Furniture plays like situation comedy, but with an overlay of performance art.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 12, 2010
The actors, mostly nonprofessionals, deliver their lines with understated charm, the pacing is just right and Jody Lee Lipes' cinematography is clear and concise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 11, 2010
By playing a version of herself (and asking her family to go along for the ride), and by closing the distance between art and life, she has gotten at something real.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 11, 2010
Tiny Furniture, winner of the SXSW festival's best narrative feature prize, gets under your skin. It's the work of a filmmaker with a stunning future.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 11, 2010
Tiny Furniture offers a 21st-century, East Coast spin on The Graduate, but with comedy-writer-ish dialogue and a mannered style that never fully gels.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2010
How Lena Dunham made her movie is more impressive or at least unique than the actual story she chooses to tell.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 10, 2010
The funny thing? It all works reasonably well, especially if you have a yen for the urbane register of city kids and their amazingly cool parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 10, 2010
It's a tiny tale of inertia, and it's also the grand triumph of a young artist with a mature trust in her own unique voice.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 10, 2010
I like to encourage young wannabes for pure guts, if nothing else. But Lena Dunham makes a 98-minute home video seem like 98 days of hard labor.
| Original Score: 0/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 9, 2010
Tiny Furniture is a comedy of youthful confusion that gets its kick not only for evoking a world of unromantic hookups, casual BJs, and iPhone porn, but for satirizing New York's bourgeois bohemia.