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Nola (Emmy Rossum) is a Kansas teen who runs away to New York City to escape an abusive stepfather. Once she gets to the big town, she sets about looking for a job and for her father, whom she's never met. She attacks both tasks with fierce determination, but has little success, until she stumbles upon a greasy spoon near Union Square where the eccentric owner, Gus (Sam Coppola), immediately takes a liking to her. Soon, she's waitressing at the diner and crashing in a room upstairs with the handsome fry cook, Ben (James Badge Dale), who also goes to law school when he feels like it.… More

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"Needs to be put out of its misery -- and yours."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Has everything you want from a good bad movie: overheated drama, overripe performances, arch characters and fruity dialogue."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"There's not a frame of truth in it."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"This film was written and directed by a lawyer/turned filmmaker. I like the main couple Ben and Nola, but as for the story that he puts them in - I object."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"So laughably preposterous that it's thoroughly entertaining."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Pits a substantial actor like Mary McDonnell, playing a New York madam, against a bogus story that crossbreeds noirish affectations and romantic comedy into an unpalatable mush that suggests strawberry ice cream slathered with beer."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Hruska's bloodless little fairy tale is utterly innocuous and instantly forgettable."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An anemic little paean to a type of Hollywood storytelling that would have been better left undisturbed."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A dubious script that detonates into a full-blown disaster midway through."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"Constantly at odds with itself -- torn between urban realism and musical fantasy, suggestive glances and frank sexuality, fashionable cynicism and old-fashioned happy endings."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"Despite Emmy Rossum's vivaciousness and raw ability, not much good comes from watching 'Nola.'"
‑ Frank Wilkins, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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