Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    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."
  2. 75
    It is at times serious and at times very funny. But it is always perceptive, and that quality, more than any other, is what makes it worth a recommendation.
  3. This trio is like a looser, funnier version of the family of wrecks in Woody Allen's ''Interiors.''
  4. 80
    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.
  5. The result is a gutsy little picture and a nice slice of life.
  6. Holofcener's smart, acidic comedy Lovely and Amazing zeroes in on contemporary narcissism and its fallout with a relentless, needling accuracy.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    A chick flick of a particularly intelligent, ruthless, and loving sort.
  8. Like the best of personal, independent cinema -- it is both marvelously observed and completely individual. There is no film like this film, and that is something you don't hear every day.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Warm, funny and often brutally honest profile of an aging divorcee and her three very different daughters.
  12. Warmhearted and slightly edgy seriocomedy, these sisters experience some pretty entertaining ups and downs. Entertaining, that is, for people who appreciate irony.
  13. 90
    Emerges as something rare, an issue movie that's so honest and keenly observed that it doesn't feel like one. It earns its thesis statement through minute details and a unique grasp of a commonplace problem.
  14. 80
    Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer and Brenda Blethyn shine in a delicate, loose-limbed and tremendously alive indie about women, family, self-image and survival.
  15. You simply want the story to go on and on. Let's hope that Holofcener's movies do: Her peregrinations through the lives of contemporary women know few screen equals.
  16. Watching Lovely and Amazing is like coming into a long-running, well-written television series where you've missed the first half-dozen episodes and probably won't see the next six.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Engaging, intermittently insightful but too glib to wring full value out of its subject matter.
  18. 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.
  19. 50
    Holofcenere genuinely wants to make pictures that plug into an audience's need for intimate contemporary comedies. But she doesn't do enough to quench that thirst.
  20. 88
    A film of this sort demands superb, seemingly effortless acting, and Holofcener gets it at every turn.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    This feels the way a lot of us are living now -- on desperation's dull yet still cutting edge.
  23. There is a certain poignancy to a film that metaphorically examines the stages of a woman's life through each character.
  24. 75
    About how women see themselves in terms of bodies, age and careers, but without all the "you go girl" tripe crammed into so many other movies of this ilk.
  25. A modest, uneventful film, buoyed by fine, albeit low-key, performances and the ring of truth.
  26. 75
    Delivers a surprising, moving portrait of contemporary womanhood.
  27. Reviewed by: Ellen Marshall
    70
    In this era of fluffy, big-budget Hollywood "chick flicks", it's pretty refreshing to find a film that genuinely deals with women, family, self-image and survival.
  28. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    90
    Holofcener is honest enough to present human foibles, not just as weaknesses but as unexpected sources of humor and strength.
  29. Reviewed by: Hank Sartin
    80
    What keeps all this from being trite and self-indulgent is Holofcener's willingness to make her characters' neuroses unattractive and self-destructive instead of cute and endearing.
  30. Reviewed by: Laura Sinagra
    50
    Everyone in this chintz-covered world is a little creepy.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. TNgo
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    It's just a beautiful film. Only a woman can write and direct this particular film - and I mean that as a compliment. I look forward to Nicole Holofcener's next work. Full Review »
  2. MichaelF.
    Jun 29, 2002
    8
    It's a very good indie. It's depressing and funny. Keener is great at being a bitch and a half as usual. Emily Mortimer is EXTREMELY EXTREMELY cute and is very good too. It is your typical indie, 13 Conversations About One Thing is slightly similar but better. Very Good and great performances from a very good script. Full Review »