Mistress America

From writer-director Noah Baumbach comes this witty comedy starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke about a college freshman’s exciting New York adventure with her future stepsister.
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Michael P. DempseyReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsThe story was very nice, but the writing's cheap/obvious execution ruins it
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The story was very nice, but the writing's cheap/obvious execution ruins it. There is a famous saying that originates from Anton Chekhov that is commonly used in film schools: "show don't tell." This picture breaks that simple saying in almost all of its lines, as characters will just randomly blurt out how they feel - all while keeping a neutral look on their face.

Baumbach has also made a living out of his quick wit and intellectual humor, but unfortunately in "Mistress America," he decided to throw intellect out the window.

There are a few redeeming factors: its Woody Allen-esque use of camera-work, fitting choice of music, and easy to like characters.

Though it doesn't live up to his previous films, "Mistress America" should be watched by Baumbach fans. If you don't like him, you won't like this; and if you haven't seen his other work, I recommend you watch that instead.
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Kr9295Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsGreta Gerwig is genius
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I feel every time i watch Greta in movies I'm watching my awkward self in Manhattan. This movie didn't disappoint. Its what I was looking for in a Greta movie - characters that are great human beings with lots of small imperfections, but those imperfections may affect their life in the long run (or may not a all!). i'm looking for more like this. I've watched Francis Ha so many times. Greta is one who knows how to critique herself and her surrounding characters but make you love them as well for who they are.
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FranimalReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsFunny, Insightful, Greta Gerwig- how could you fail
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I love this movie. I know it’s kind of looked at as a lesser Noah Baumbach (especially as a lesser Frances Ha) but that’s like calling Talenti less than Florentine gelato. It’s probably true, but who cares? That means it’s an 8 instead of a 10. Greta Gerwig is irresistible, the writing is incisive, the send-up of the start of college and the literary societies is a quiet delight. If you like Frances Ha (and of course you do), Mistress America is definitely worth a try.

Oh and I guess this matters- the DVD/blu-Ray combo always proves useful, though not as useful as the digital HD code. (Seriously. All DVDs should have this). The extras were negligible.
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C PowersReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsOdd but overall enjoyable
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I liked Mistress America. There were times throughout the film that were just outright strange and I really wanted to be a fly on the wall while Noah Baumbach was writing, but at the end of the movie I did manage to take away a couple of things, As always, Greta Gerwig delivers a charming performance. Her character was interesting, for lack of a better word, and I don't think anyone else could have pulled it off. Lola Kirke, despite her characters youthful self-centered egoism or maybe even because of it, gives a great performance as well.
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Jonathan HinsonReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you love Greta Gerwig as I do
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I generally enjoy Noah Baumbach's films but I have noticed that not everyone shares my view. It is not my favorite of his but I always enjoy Hedwig.
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Wendy EiseleReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Movie
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I was not expecting much, but was surprised at how good it was
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Tony VReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsyou'll probably like this. This is one of those movies that ...
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If you're the kind of person who people-watches, you'll probably like this. This is one of those movies that has to pick a genre, so it goes with 'comedy' even though it's not exactly funny. It's amusing sure, and it strives for an honest view of two people's lives, but don't expect a comedy and don't expect a big conclusion.
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SleepyheadReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsWell worth the watch on a rainy afternoon with no husband or boyfriend in sight
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Greta is a consistently funny, commanding and luminous presence on the screen. It's funny that she is so under the radar, but maybe that is what makes her so effective as an actress.
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