Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This gorgeous film, always tender and sometimes dark, is a deeply resonant comic drama that's concerned with nothing less than life, death, love, sex, guilt and the urban logic of mortality.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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. The report has the resonant ring of truth.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Please Give is a moral comedy that feels at times like one of the late Eric Rohmer’s deceptively breezy miniatures, or a mid-period Woody Allen movie minus the fussiness.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The pitch-perfect performances help Holofcener stir up feelings that cut to the heart of what defines an ethical life. There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sometimes -- and far too rarely -- a film will hit all the right notes, with sharp, original dialogue, brilliant casting and an absorbing story. So caught up in its spell, you dread seeing the credits roll. Please Give is that movie.
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By Ella Taylor
Like all her (Holofcener) movies, Please Give is multitonal, as tenderly sympathetic as it is tough toward all its tortured, even unlikable characters.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's guilt that gives life, shape and depth to this uncommonly perceptive film.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A movie as generous, stingy, and biting - and memorable - as its six main characters.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Think of Please Give as a finely tuned short story with every glance and gesture full of suggestive meaning. Drama is not high on the agenda here. There is a bit of comedy and, briefly, sexual mischief even though it doesn't look like much fun.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though I wish Please Give were a little better, there aren't enough American movies like it.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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