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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In this painfully funny and touching look at the vanities and insecurities that a mother (Brenda Blethyn) can pass on to her daughters in the name of love, writer-director Nicole Holofcener ("Walking and Talking") does a chick flick right. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a gutsy little picture and a nice slice of life. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Lovely & Amazing goes to the heart -- and face, and skin -- of a subject that's sure to ring true with women, and may even educate men. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Lord knows how Holofcener got the performance she did out of Goodwin, but the child actor's Annie, rude and unmanageable, is an extraordinarily rich and complicated figure. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    By turns cheerful, funny and melancholy, and at all times honest, Nicole Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing stands out in the current run of ensemble women's films. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a movie that knows its women, listens to them, doesn't give them a pass, allows them to be real: It's a rebuke to the shallow "Ya-Ya Sisterhood." show more

  • 88
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A film of this sort demands superb, seemingly effortless acting, and Holofcener gets it at every turn. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

    Delivers a surprising, moving portrait of contemporary womanhood. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    The film is almost worth seeing just for the extraordinary scene in which a stark naked Mortimer has her movie star lover (Dermot Mulroney) deliver an exhaustive critique of her body's flaws. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A chick flick of a particularly intelligent, ruthless, and loving sort. show more

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