Frances Ha Synopsis
Frances goes from apartment to apartment in Brooklyn as she looks for a job and a stable partner.
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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
At times, Frances Ha strains from emphasizing the characters' snarkiness and disregarding plot. By routinely going nowhere, however, the...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The director mixes moods with a playfulness that is both brazen and carefree and yet precisely modulated, yielding results that amplify the...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Frances Ha also marks the rare instance in which an actress has the perfect role at the perfect time. Ms. Gerwig's work here is fragile,...
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Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
The film is so engaging because it's so damn funny.
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90

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Frances Ha is a patchwork of details that constitute a sort of dating manual—not one that tells you how to meet hot guys, but one that...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Baumbach, in his most compassionate film since The Squid and the Whale, catches Frances in the act of inventing herself. It's a glorious...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
You may watch Frances Ha relating to little of it, or a lot of it, but this "road movie with apartments," as the director (shooting here in...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
Filled with witty dialogue and natural performances, Frances Ha marks a return to form for Baumbach.
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Entertainment Weekly

Gerwig, who previously starred in Baumbach's "Greenberg," is charmingly awkward. And Sumner (Sting's daughter) is an ace with deadpan...
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Variety

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Baumbach pushes beyond sincerity in search of truth, drawing from such stylistic forebears as the French New Wave, Woody Allen and Andy...
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Tale of a 27 year old Nothing

By yoblack
A sad commentary on how long it takes young adults to grow up nowadays. Also sad commentary on women, and how by portraying one who is incapable, stupid and a mess can get so many critics excited. ...

Quirky but engaging

By grimley1
Many people will be annoyed by this little movie, but some will really enjoy it. I did. The main character carries the tale. It is also an insight into the ways of the 20 to 30 year old...

Pretentious drivel; witless Woody Allen wannabe

By eoyang
Just saw Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," which is his homage to Godard and Truffaut, and his attempt to imitate "Annie Hall." The trouble is that the dialogue is puerile, the characters juvenile, and...

Frances Metamorphosis

By gzacny
This is an excellent slice of life drama about a young woman finding her way in New York City. For people like me, parents of of the 20-something X-generation, this film is a Rosetta Stone that...

A lovely little movie

By michaeldj68
This film captures exactly what it's like to be a young person trying to find their way in the arts in NYC right now. I was particularly delighted by the sequence of going home for Christmas in...

Boring and dull as dirt!

By anooshig
A critic gave this film a 3 star rating! For what!!! Terribly dull. I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing ever did. I fell asleep during the film. A total waste of money and time....

Frances Ha

By suzzsezz
Wonderful characters. It seems less like I was watching acting and more like I was seeing people living their lives. Frances succeeds despite herself. Great exploration of the City's neighborhoods....

Frances Has to be seen

By everyweek60706
Familiar territory for young adults or people who have been there, done that. There is a particular sort of romance at the heart of this story that isn't mentioned in any reviews I've seen. I guess...

Artist or Innocence

By chrisyounghanshaug
The film lingers in my mind several days later. I'm enamored with Frances' intelligence. It's an alluring mix of youthful innocence, creativity and beautiful natural emotion....

Frances Ha

By Hawkeye88
A film in black and white is a nice change of pace, however i found the dialog and the slow moving plot difficult to sit through. Perhaps the angst of our 20 year olds is beyond my comprehension...

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Rated R | For Sexual references and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Smart, hilarious, mature look at an appealing scatterbrain.
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