The close bond between a trio of pretty college students is threatened when they become romantically entangled with a series of men.
" Like a degree in gender studies, there's no payoff. "
" [It] concerns a young woman either adopted by a fabulously odd trio of new pals or indoctrinated into the most twee cult in collegiate history. It's all in your receptivity to Stillman's brittle humor. "
" Presumably meant to come off as affected in a comical way, the characters too often sound arrogant and ridiculous. Sometimes that's funny. Sometimes it's not. The ratio doesn't really work out the way you would like. "
" It's a slight piece of work, but agreeably peculiar and endearing. "
" It's a cri de coeur that hardly rises above a sociable interjection, an exhortation to collective revelry that leaves a sense of uneasily imposed, even quasi-martial, paces. "
" Fortunately, Damsels has an abundance of the erudite zingers that Stillman excels at writing, and that make his elegantly staged works seem like period pieces, even though they're set in modern times. "
" Even were it not so delightful, Damsels in Distress, set at a fictional upper-crust college, would deserve a watch for its dialogue alone. "
" The premise -- young rich people discover themselves -- recalls that of Stillman's older features, but his characteristic naturalism is replaced here by overlit scenes, a saccharine symphonic score, and a halting narrative momentum. "
" There's a self-consciousness to "Damsels" that takes away much of the fun. "
" The acting and the music are delightful, the jokes arrive on schedule, and everything sort of glows. "
" For the most part, it's a film filled with simple pleasures... "
" Flat scenes, weak characters and a disjointed and almost nonexistent narrative. "
" Damsels in Distress ambles about amiably without much of a narrative: Plot has never been Stillman's strong suit, and in this film he seems particularly indifferent to its demands. "
" This a fun group of actors to watch, although it often seems that Stillman is unsure of what to do with them. "
" It's delightful and a little bewildering to find a 2012 comedy that evokes a world that exists only in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse. "
" Whit Stillman? I'm there. "
" While the comedy might be patchy, Gerwig and Stillman make for quite the two-step. "
" The film would probably drag if it weren't so perfectly cast, especially with the gawky-beautiful Gerwig as its center. "
" A movie sure to reward the filmmaker's most die-hard fans, while doing little to quiet critics who found his work self-conscious to the point of insufferability. "
" Too ethereal to be a satire and too arch to be a psychologically recognizable character portrait, Damsels in Distress flits prettily by without ever finding anything to be about. "
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