Please Give Synopsis
A wealthy New Yorker tries to assuage her guilty feelings by befriending her cranky tenant.
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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By dameneiro1
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was surprisingly funny and witty. The writing was clever. In a time where a budget surpasses character depth, the director and writers spare us the glamour of...

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By Derrick Deane
Good performances all around. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great, hence the so-so rating....

"Please Give" a pleaser

By indiefavs
It is becoming so difficult to have a fulfilling film experience at today's cineplexes that it was a sweet surprise to find Please Give. Director Nicole Holofcener gives us a film that's not just...

Holofcener's best

By ekushnir
Another smart exploration of the lives of the privileged from Nicole Holofcener. Katherine Keener is great as usual, as is Amanda Peet....

Better than 99% of new films

By TerenceDiamond
Nicole Holofcener is a genius. Better than Woody Allen even in his prime. The Woodster couldn't get out of the way of his own oversized ego. Holofcenar's rarest of rare: a smart, grown up observer of...

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By UncleStu
The critics were correct, great movie...

Please Give is a fascinating character study

By coppergirl080
I found it both funny and deeply affecting. Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt are superb. A plus was to see the beautiful mid-century modern furnishings. New Yorkers and ex-New Yorkers will love...

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By janeds895
Excellent cast and very funny story line. A definitely must see!!...

A well-done small movie

By Everything
I start out a Catherine Keener huge fan, so the film gets a leg up from the gitgo. From there this one makes it on it's own. The cast is well chosen and each paints a character with accuracy and...

Depressing, Boring, Senseless

By daddowdall
Don't waste your $ on this dog of a film, unless you think Sylvia Plath is uplifting. The most typical dumb scenes are Oliver Platt's fat, wimpy character having a full-on sexual realtionship with...

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Rated R | For Nudity, Language and Some Sexual Content