Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
Watch On
  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. 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.
  3. 88
    A film of this sort demands superb, seemingly effortless acting, and Holofcener gets it at every turn.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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 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 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 »