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The dialogue and editing are zippy and generally charming, combining with the tart observations of 20-something culture to create a nice frisson.
A black-and-white salute to the French New Wave (the score is borrowed from Georges Delerue, composer of many a Truffaut and Godard film) that manages to be very much of this moment ...
The movie's a love letter to an actress and her character, but by the end you may feel like an intervention is more in order.
The obvious love of New York City echoes Woody Allen at his best. But "Frances Ha" is very much its own film, a story of life and love and messy rooms.
Baumbach ... makes the film a celebration of Gerwig's coltish, goofball appeal.
Late-blooming 20-somethings have never been so perfectly captured -- and Gerwig has never been more appealing -- than in this funny, tender, life-affirming movie.
One of the most appealing films of the year to date -- and it may well end up being the most appealing indie release of the entire year
This is a tough one, but I must recommend it, if you are at all inclined to witness creativity at its unconventional best.
"Frances Ha"? More like Frances Bah!
Gerwig dances the Millennial Limbo
...caters to the Gerwig persona while also sanding off the edges of Baumbach's usual bitterness.
"Frances Ha" is about the inevitability of adulthood; it can be postponed, but it can't be avoided.
[a] fresh-faced and spirited black and white comedy...
If Frances has a chance, there's hope for us all.
The near-incomparable Greta Gerwig gives Frances a fire, an exuberance, and a three-dimensional uniqueness that ensures the viewer never sways from her side.
It gives you two choices: find it delightful or don't: there is no unique, self-guided option. As frustrating as that conundrum may be, it's still hard not to take option one.
Without Gerwig, this story of a hopeful young woman making her way in New York would have been just like all the rest. Instead, it's a work of art.
But there's just something so relentlessly likable about put-upon, impoverished Frances (Greta Gerwig) that it almost doesn't matter that her New York is just one big Williamsburg.
Improbable yet engaging, this arrested development serio-comedy should be particularly endearing to those who can't quite get their lives together.
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