One of the happiest sights you'll see all summer is a montage of Gerwig running and twirling across Chinatown with David Bowie's "Modern Love" on the soundtrack.
Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2014-01-06
As Frances literally dances her way through the streets of New York, you can't help smiling and knowing she will be OK. She will figure out how to be the adult she was meant to be.
Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times, 2013-12-11
Few films top Woody Allen's Manhattan for capturing New York City's blend of rapture and apprehension. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha comes close.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2013-12-11
Writing with Gerwig, Baumbach has created a fey, sneakily charming generational touchstone on a par with Annie Hall and his own Gen Y col-grad comedy Kicking and Screaming.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2013-12-11
In your twenties you decide on the final version of you. Sophie is working on it; Frances is stuck in her crazy, clueless, can't-pay-the-rent stage.
Cath Clarke, Time Out, 2013-07-23
It's a tribute to Gerwig's performance, somehow both clumsy and elegant, that she wins us over despite ourselves, that we come to appreciate her aimlessness in a goal-oriented society ...
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2013-06-21
Baumbach usually builds his films around difficult protagonists, but Frances is entirely endearing, at once silly and deep, hopeless and promising.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-06-07
The dialogue and editing are zippy and generally charming, combining with the tart observations of 20-something culture to create a nice frisson.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2013-05-24
A black-and-white salute to the French New Wave (the score is borrowed from Georges Delerue, composer of many a Truffaut and Godard film) that manages to be very much of this moment ...
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-05-24
The obvious love of New York City echoes Woody Allen at his best. But "Frances Ha" is very much its own film, a story of life and love and messy rooms.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2013-05-24
Baumbach ... makes the film a celebration of Gerwig's coltish, goofball appeal.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2013-05-23
Late-blooming 20-somethings have never been so perfectly captured -- and Gerwig has never been more appealing -- than in this funny, tender, life-affirming movie.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2013-05-23
A modern fairy tale about a girl whose golden heart refuses to tarnish.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2013-05-23
Like Gerwig's performance, it's natural, it's realistic, perfectly believable.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2013-05-23
The conversations sparkle with both intended and unintended wit, and in a certain cockeyed light, Frances' blithe denial of reality is a charming affirmation of life.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2013-05-23
The film may be small, but it's really good.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2013-05-23
Has the earnest, wonky charm of a homemade valentine.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2013-05-17
It's a skimpy, overextended riff, but some of the seemingly tossed-off moments are lovely.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2013-05-17