Damsels in Distress
Damsels in Distress (2012)

Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university - the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 25, 2012
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Damsels in Distress can sometimes feel mannered and outlandish, but it's redeemed by director Whit Stillman's oddball cleverness and Greta Gerwig's dryly funny performance.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Like a degree in gender studies, there's no payoff.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Although the themes of clueless rich kids acting boorishly are very much the same as in Stillman's biggest hits, 'Metropolitan' and 'Barcelona,' the light and breezy "Damsels" more than stands on its own as an Austen-tatious delight.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The film would probably drag if it weren't so perfectly cast, especially with the gawky-beautiful Gerwig as its center.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's a self-consciousness to "Damsels" that takes away much of the fun.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Why he would once again focus his imagination on another ensemble of shallow, self-absorbed characters that are all directed to speak like they were born in the same upper-class Connecticut suburb indicates a one-track mind, at the least.

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William Goss
Film.com

For the most part, it's a film filled with simple pleasures...

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

While the comedy might be patchy, Gerwig and Stillman make for quite the two-step.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

One doesn't realize one has missed the airless irony of Whit Stillman until one sees Stillman's first feature film in 13 years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Damsels in Distress is a love letter to the decadents and literature of the early 19th century, there is certainly an air of Oscar Wilde about it, albeit with… More
Michael S
"Damsels in Distress" is Whit Stillman's first feature in well over a decade. The result is a film that aims for dead-pan brilliance but instead… More
Daniel Perry
This movie strikes a tone that few before it have, and presents a undergraduate environment as one in which people aren't who they seem to be and are… More
William Dunmyer
After a nearly-15-year hiatus from filmmaking, Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan") is back with "Damsels in Distress," starring Indie It Girl… More
Spencer S.
Two people who are no better suited to work together. Independent filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig and legendary script writer and director Whit Stillman… More
Mark Hobin
Damsels in Distress is populated with preppy characters that seem to inhabit some alternate universe where catchphrases, pop culture and TV doesn't exist.… More