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Based on 35 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Though I wish Please Give were a little better, there aren't enough American movies like it. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A movie as generous, stingy, and biting - and memorable - as its six main characters. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's guilt that gives life, shape and depth to this uncommonly perceptive film. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Like all her (Holofcener) movies, Please Give is multitonal, as tenderly sympathetic as it is tough toward all its tortured, even unlikable characters. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    I suspect nearly everyone who sees the picture will have a loud opinion about this ending, which is just one way Holofcener works her stealth magic as a filmmaker and storyteller: She doesn’t close up shop on her movie until she’s made each of us an honorary New Yorker — in other words, a person with a strong stance and something to say. show more

  • 100
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Sophisticated comedies have gone out of fashion, largely because Hollywood finds it easier and more profitable to simply gross out moviegoers. But Please Give has real class -- and for that it deserves our gratitude. show more

  • June 27, 2010 Haygoh
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    The film had an undertone of saddness that most people have and the characters expressed scene by scene. Real people with conflicting points of view that eventually leads towards an emotioal resolution.

  • June 12, 2010 Visornotes
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    Deep drama about alot of subjects. Mainly guilt. Excellent cast. Remember the Aunt Meg character from the movie "Twister" played by Lois Smith. She has a nice role in "Please Give" too. New York City people might relate to characters better, that is where it was filmed.

  • May 31, 2010 Lesvivian
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    Please skip! Great cast BUT very disappointing story (well actually no story!). Really wanted to like this movie but it goes nowhere. No depth. no reason to watch. We left and said why did we bother go. So save you money and see something else.

  • May 20, 2010 Duke de WF
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    I can see why reviewers love this movie. It lends itself to critical acclaim. For me, the viewing public, if one were in college and your English teacher asked you to write an examination of "taking and giving," a simpler student might write "one person needs a kidney and another gives him their kidney." That certainly would cover the subject. However, if a more erudite student wrote the same precis, it might be this interesting, but not compelling story. It's as simple as that. A tale of giving and taking.

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