Damsels in Distress Synopsis
The close bond among three pretty college students is threatened.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Welcome Damsels in Distress, an exhilarating gift of a comedy about college, the female intellect, the limitless male ego, inventing a new...
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New York Post

Damsels contains much that's familiar to fans of previous Stillman films such as 1990's "Metropolitan": looping jokes that build on one...
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
Even were it not so delightful, Damsels in Distress, set at a fictional upper-crust college, would deserve a watch for its dialogue alone.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Highbrow campus-comedy from long-lost Whit Stillman is a flawed but frequently hilarious comeback.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
These are women who seemed raised on Louisa May Alcott and might have been aspirationally besotted with Jane Austen. But you sense tragedy...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
How much you enjoy Damsels will depend on your tolerance for Stillman's particular brand of duct-taped Sperry Topsider whimsy. It's a...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Just as precise and self-consciously precious as predicted. Which doesn't mean it hasn't got moments of charming wit buried under all its...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Gerwig can't make her character come alive, though, and neither can Adam Brody as one of their neediest male cases. In the midst of the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
These are hardly damsels, but the distress will be felt by audiences watching the collection of non sequiturs, twee remarks and tangential...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
You can almost say it simulates an experience of brain injury in the audience: Nothing adheres, nothing connects. It's just nonstop...
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Damsels in Distress

By elangbert
The only distress I was aware of was my own. Incoherent, silly and a total bore....

Delightful Original Comedy

By ambertopaze
Damsels in Distress is a wonderful comedy. Whit Stillman's articulate dialogue is full of original and memorable lines, with some deep poetic thoughts. It is also superbly acted. It made me smile...

Viewer In Distress

By lead.invictus
Watched this movie with a group of people, both men and women, ages ranging from 19 - 70, and not a single person in my party was at all entertained. The story was hard to follow and poorly written,...

Damsels In Distress

By Mimimph
I walked out at the risk of screaming from absolute boredom and dislike. I couldn't tolerate the characters, the dialogue of the story. I didn't care about any of them. It was awful....

Minor Stillman, Major Gerwig

By awhittak
Greta Gerwig is excellent in this film as a over-educated, under-experienced co-ed in Whit Stillman's latest. Unfortunately, the material is not Stillman's strongest. A bit of a let down after a...

Damsels in Distress

By gogomoviestosee
We saw Damsels in Distress with a group of friends and we all loved it! We all agreed that it was very entertaining and we left the theater feeling uplifted. There were so many funny lines in the...

Damsels in Distress

By brigitte carnochan
Worst movie ever. The good reviews must have been a joke!...

Damsels in Distress

By Peneflix
Why did this well- written, decently- performed anachronism of a deceased era, bore me to oblivion? College women in 50's garb running a suicide prevention clinic; clinging to the mission of saving...

Uy--skip it

By Yodel
Although filled with very attractive, and one very anorexic girl, this picture leaves you thinking, "Uh, now just what was that about."? The few people who were in the audience with us said the same...

A Dull, Meandering Mess, Better Suited To TV.

By Alon Patterson
Saying this film is dull would be a kindness. Frankly, I felt like one of those characters from "The Emperor's New Clothes" in that like most everyone else in the theater, I was too cowardly to get...

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Sexual Material and Mature Thematic Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Wry college comedy may go over young teens' head.
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