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  • Summary: Nancy, Please tells the story of Paul Brawley, a gifted PhD candidate at Yale University. Paul has just moved into an apartment with his pragmatic girlfriend, Jen, and is struggling to complete his dissertation before embarking on a career in academia. There's just one snag: as Paul is unpacking his belongings, he discovers that something has been left behind. A seemingly inconsequential object, but one Paul feels is of great importance to his dissertation and, therefore, to his future: a battered, personally annotated hardcover copy of Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. He will have to retrieve it from his former roommate - the obstinate Nancy. As he becomes increasingly consumed with the retrieval of the book, Paul's relationship and career unravel. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    May 23, 2013
    91
    Nancy, Please begins as a deadpan slacker comedy with existentialist undertones, and Will Rogers' Paul is a ball of unsettled twentysomething nerves. It's a subtle shift in Semans' first feature, both in tempo and in Rogers' performance, that we don't realize the film taking on a slightly more diabolical undertone.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 23, 2013
    90
    It’s a brutally unsympathetic portrait of situational anxiety that withholds comfort from Paul and viewer alike, and Mr. Semans refuses to relent.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 23, 2013
    80
    This subtly engrossing psychological thriller plays like an intellectual version of Fatal Attraction, minus the sex and the dead bunny. And that’s meant as a compliment.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 23, 2013
    67
    Paul's increasingly hectic attempts to retrieve the book dominate the movie so heavily that it leaves little room for considering how this effort fits into the rest of his world.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    May 23, 2013
    60
    For Semans’ conceit of an obsessively narrow world to really work, he needed to have established an initially more expansive milieu.
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