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LOVELY & AMAZING


"There is no film like this film, and that is something you don't hear every day... Sort of savage but in a quiet, unassuming way, it is a funny and charming film about some painful situations...it's so accurate about how people attempt meaningful emotional connections in an uncaring world of self-involvement, obtuseness and free-floating insecurity that it ought to be put in a time capsule...'Lovely & Amazing' involves us because it is so incisive, so bleakly amusing about how we go about our lives." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"Nicole Holofcener's smart, acidic comedy 'Lovely and Amazing' zeroes in on contemporary narcissism and its fallout with a relentless, needling accuracy that illustrates exactly the way some people allow their personal insecurities and tics to poison their intimate relationships... As smart and observant as it is, 'Lovely and Amazing' doesn't really go anywhere...once family members have weathered their personal crises, little seems to have changed." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Episodic, uneven tale features good performances, but little dramatic weight." --Bilge Ebiri, New York

"...jumps to the head of the class of women's films that manage to avoid the ghetto of sentimental chick-flicks by treating female follies with a satirical style..the dominant concern of the film is not so much female cradle-snatching as women's self-hating idealization of the fashion-model image of the female body celebrated in so-called women's magazines." --Andrew Sarris, The Village Voice

"...a small movie that doesn't feel small...It's a movie made with care and attention to emotional detail...about the way people in families relate to one another, about the way women feel about their looks not just as they age but at any age, about racial differences and presuppositions that no one ever wants to talk about." -- Stephanie Zacharek, www.salon.com

"Holofcener takes characters who seem familiar, then strips their failings bare with what's best described as quiet savagery... 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...With Holofcener's skill at writing neurotic, self-deluding women as sharp as ever, it's a shame the ending of 'Lovely & Amazing' is so inconclusive." --Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post

"...the most surprising and assured film of the season...Holofcener has devised a fresh cinematic language to capture the comedy of her characters' low-level misery...Holofcener's matchless humor, her strongest suit, spans from rib-tickling to hilarious." -- Erica Abeel, www.Indiewire.com