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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Baumbach, in his most compassionate film since The Squid and the Whale, catches Frances in the act of inventing herself. It's a glorious sight to see. show more

  • 90
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    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, delicate, subject to bruising; something that could wither under too much attention. Perhaps Ms. Gerwig is the greatest actress alive. And maybe Frances Ha is just the ghost orchid of independent cinema. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Aiming for lightness but landing with a thud, Frances Ha is a well-meaning blunder. Director Noah Baumbach’s ode to Brooklyn twentysomething life is a flibbertigibbet fable that, like a self-absorbed flirt you meet at a party, grates on the nerves despite being easy on the eyes. show more

  • 90
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The director mixes moods with a playfulness that is both brazen and carefree and yet precisely modulated, yielding results that amplify the specific content of the screenplay. This makes for a film that, however cheap it was to make, is incredibly rich to watch. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Running through the streets of New York for the sheer hell of it, Frances has the gift of joy to her very marrow. As for Greta Gerwig, I get the feeling she's just gearing up. show more

  • 90
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    The film is so engaging because it's so damn funny. show more

  • 88
    Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times

    Filled with witty dialogue and natural performances, Frances Ha marks a return to form for Baumbach. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    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 velvety black-and-white, recalling Woody Allen's "Manhattan" in its texture) so aptly put it, is informed by a buoyant, resilient spirit. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Playful, effervescent comedy. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Baumbach seems mainly interested in capturing the whimsical rhythms of unformed post-college life, with money too scarce and roommates too ample — but he already did that, did it better and with more rueful feeling, in the much funnier “Kicking and Screaming,” the debut he made at 25 and one of the best films of the 1990s. show more

  • July 07, 2013 kgullic
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    FRANCES HA:(A-) Quite the sincere charmer. Greta Gerwig finallys gets it right.

  • June 20, 2013 np00000000153574
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    I went into Frances Ha with high expectations given my love for the Squid and the Whale and my like of Greta Gerwig in Greenberg. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. In short, the characters and dialogue were not believable to me, and for me, that is a big problem.

  • June 02, 2013 gh00000000152091
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    Quirky. Black and white. Awkward moments, but charming. I liked this movie a lot because Frances Ha is adorable and she says funny things. I just want to give her a hug and a kiss.

  • June 01, 2013 pacamaca
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    Don\'t wast your money. \"Frances Ha\" deserves a negative score. It was a boring, inane, pseudo psychologic frustrated film. I got the impression Greta was not acting at all but is really as insipid dull excuse for a supposedly educated woman.

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