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  • Summary: A portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can't afford to live there but do anyway, Gabi on the Roof in July is an ensemble comedy about ex-girlfriends, sibling rivalry and whipped cream in a city that's constantly in flux. Gabi, a rambunctious Oberlin undergrad, heads to New York City to spend the summer with her older brother, Sam, seeking solidarity in the wake of her parents’ divorce. When she gets there, she finds Sam too busy juggling women and too irked by her provocative antics and almost constant nudity to give her the guidance she needs. In an effort to get Sam's attention, Gabi seduces his free-loving, freeloading college buddy, only to find she's in over her head. (Garbled Heritage Productions) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 20, 2011
    75
    Even as "Gabi" steadily slides downhill and ends with a shrug, it remains intermittently fun and never entirely unbearable-much like Gabi herself.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Initially registers as meandering and disjointed enough to qualify as mumblecore. But remarkably, the film gradually, effectively coheres, building to a climax at once unexpected yet integral to what has transpired before.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Schieron
    Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Evokes a New York sentimentalist tradition that mixes the edge of golden era Cassavettes with the nostalgia of Woody Allen-all of which owes eternal debt to the western European New Waves and Bergman.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 21, 2011
    60
    Levine offers a mostly sharp takedown of middle-class hipsterdom, and he's terrific as a guy whose easygoing demeanor hides continuing growing pains.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jan 18, 2011
    50
    I know that people like this exist, but, in terms of characters on the screen, I'm never shown why they need to.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 20, 2011
    50
    Their characters are instantly recognizable; how you respond to the film may depend largely on whether you find any of them in the least likable and whether you think that matters.
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