Lovely & Amazing
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Nicole Holofcener, writer/director of the critically acclaimed Walking and Talking, shifts her focus from New York to Los Angeles for her second feature, Lovely & Amazing. Jane Marks (Brenda Blethyn of Secrets and Lies) is a middle-aged woman who's about to undergo liposuction. She has three daughters. Michelle (Catherine Keener) is a cynical, self-involved, would-be artist in an unhappy marriage. Elizabeth is a struggling actress who constantly takes in stray dogs. Her insecurities about her attractiveness come to the fore when she blows a screen test with a big movie star, Kevin (Dermot… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Observed without corny resolutions and paced to allow for reflection, the film is understated but spot on."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This is soap opera with a brain, as she reveals four people ... at their most unguarded and, therefore, honest and bitterly funny."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Mature story about relationships and family."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"This serio-comic family portrait about self-absorption, self-esteem and family dynamics is excellently acted but more blatantly offbeat than dramatic."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Who'd have thought spending 90 minutes with a bunch of neurotic women could be such fun? An intelligent, unassuming drama that's never less than enjoyable."
‑ Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine
"A film of this sort demands superb, seemingly effortless acting, and Holofcener gets it at every turn."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The ensemble Holofcener has assembled comprises some of the best actresses working today, and they inhabit their roles with the astringency and softness these characters demand."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Seldom do movies create focus through spontaneity, but Lovely & Amazing feeds on surprise"
‑ Blake French,
"Actresses beware. Catherine Keener is quietly cornering the market on self-assured, sharp-tongued feminism."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"I can't imagine why a guy would go to this movie. That is, unless he talks to me or some other guy who has seen it. Because it's one of the best films I've seen this year."
‑ Tony Medley,
"This is a fine, funny, humane film."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"The impressive thing about Holofcener's non-judgemental generosity with character, which at times recalls an American Mike Leigh, is that she makes no concessions to easy endearment."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"I thought the entire movie was a good message of how self-image can make a woman feel inferior and deprecating in a shallow heartless world."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Has a lovely feel, interactions that are real & unafraid to broach life's insecurities -- ie: personal appearance from hair to body fat. However, doesn't add up to amazing."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Captures the body-image insecurities of women while delving more than skin-deep into her characters' psyches."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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