Metropolitan (1990)

The debut film from writer-director Whit Stillman etches a sophisticated comic portrait of New York debutante society at the twilight of the 1980s. Set during the Christmas season, the film is told from the vantage point of Tom Townsend… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Whit Stillman's crafty independent feature about wealthy Park Avenue teenagers and a middle-class boy who joins their ranks over one Christmas vacation is certainly well imagined, and impressively acted by a cast of newcomers.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

True appreciation for this movie may be restricted to those with firsthand experience in this kind of world, or a certain upper-haute stamina.

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Eric Melin

You get the feeling that you're eavesdropping on real conversation rather than the polite chit-chat you might expect at actual events, and seeing those aristocratic tendencies fall away to reveal scared human beings is part of the movie's infinite charm.

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Variety Staff

Filmmaker Whit Stillman makes a strikingly original debut with Metropolitan, a glib, ironic portrait of the vulnerable young heirs to Manhattan's disappearing debutante scene.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Not very much happens in Metropolitan, and yet everything that happens is felt deeply, because the characters in this movie are still too young to have perfected their defenses against life.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Stillman's script is so present at every moment that it's easy to overlook how precisely the film has been directed.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

None of Stillman's endearing characters quite fits their prescribed social context, and in its exhilarated final movement, Metropolitan finds an exit out of the stifling UHB salon.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Like chamber music, Metropolitan is sprightly, intimate and all too self-aware.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Unusual subject matter handled with competent self-assurance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A film that somehow bridges the gap between Gen X comedies of the nineties and Jane Austen, "Metropolitan" is the story of a group of friends who are… More
Mark Hobin
Utterly original and unique film makes a group of young Park Avenue socialites sympathetic. The witty script rightfully earned an Oscar nomination.
Steven Carrier
Whit Stillman's blazingly original, triumphantly witty "Metropolitan" is a signal independent film of the 1990s. The dialogue is like music and… More
Daniel Dolgin
I'm split on the debut film of Stillman. I'll start with the good. It seemed like an accurate satirical view of the upper class of New York. With… More
Elvira B
<p>Metropolitan is a witty, cerebral yet stylish comedy about a group of upper class teenagers in New York City as they go through the debutante season.… More
Emily B.
It started out ok, but there's only a certain amount I can take of watching Manhattan socalite bourgeoisie brats philosophize and go to debutante balls.