A wealthy New Yorker (Catherine Keener) tries to assuage her guilt over her good fortune by doing volunteer work and befriending her cranky tenant and the tenant's granddaughters.
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" Life-goes-on movies usually don't electrify the senses, but this one stimulates moral imagination. "
" Only Rebecca Hall comes through with a genuineness that rises above Holofcener's doodlings. "
" Nicole Holofcener is frequently lauded for writing vivid female characters, but such praise doesn't really do justice to her full game. "
" Holofcener hasn't made a great movie yet, but she hasn't created any bad ones, and her gentle humanism is to be cherished. "
" Please Give is a series of such set-piece scenes, a breezy, though not negligible, exploration of the contest between avarice and empathy. "
" Holofcener's biggest ally against nauseating self-pity is Keener, her screen alter ego. "
" Keener has become Holofcener's artistic alter ego. In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy. "
" Please Give is a moral comedy that feels at times like one of the late Eric Rohmer's deceptively breezy miniatures, or a mid-period Woody Allen movie minus the fussiness. "
" While Please Give is a film about conscience, it's also slyly funny, with piercing moments of insight and warmth. "
" Far from challenging, the film consoles the complacent, saying basically that you can do whatever you want, so long as you feel (or pretend to feel) a little guilty about it. "
" Yet another ramble through the tiny world of the affluent and the idle, a particular fascination of Holofcener's. The only difference this time is the increased emphasis on morbidity. "
" Nicole Holofcener, who writes the most interesting female characters in the movies, delivers another dazzling role to her muse, Catherine Keener, in Please Give, a delightfully dry dramedy about guilt. "
" Nicole Holofcener's lovely Please Give is a small, modest movie, full of the sort of characters we might know, or be. "
" In a Holofcener film, the usual rules of screenwriting do not apply, which lends her work a lifelike quality that's particularly refreshing in this era of formulaic remakes and sequels. "
" Some filmmakers make movies that hold up a mirror to nature. Nicole Holofcener makes seriocomedies that hold up a magnifying glass to human nature. "
" Please Give is one of those movies that can be enjoyed simply for its funny portraits of human foibles and fumbling grasps at intimacy -- but it's also deceivingly profound. "
" There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard. "
" Please Give is an almost perfectly rendered slice of life, buoyant with wonderful performances. "
" Happily, the joy outweighs the guilt. "
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