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Kate has a lot on her mind. There's the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store. And how much markup can she get away with? There's the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There's the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business and life with her husband Alex but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And, there's Kate's free-floating 21st century malaise -- the problem of how to live well and be a good person when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Keener has become Holofcener's artistic alter ego. In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Nicole Holofcener's lovely Please Give is a small, modest movie, full of the sort of characters we might know, or be."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"You have to be smart and funny and really aware of yourself to write and direct a film like this, which is exactly what director Nicole Holofcener is."
‑ Dave White,
"Holofcener takes pretty much everything you're not supposed to talk about at a dinner party and spins it into a ruefully awkward, bone-dry comedy."
‑ Alice Tynan, Concrete Playground
"Please Give isn't laugh-out-loud funny, it is witty and clever-a pleasing tale where not much happens, but spending time with the film's characters is enough."
‑ Beth Wilson, Trespass
"Nicole Holofcener, who writes the most interesting female characters in the movies, delivers another dazzling role to her muse, Catherine Keener, in Please Give, a delightfully dry dramedy about guilt."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Holofcener's biggest ally against nauseating self-pity is Keener, her screen alter ego."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Doesn't have much plot, just characters interacting and developing, and its lack of a need for drama is refreshing."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film is more emotionally incisive than it initially appears to be, but equally it ties together a little too neatly when it already has such a concise running time."
‑ Craig Mathieson,
"The main problem with the film, though, is that it seems to assume that self-obsessed and charmless people are automatically interesting - just for being people. There's definitely a flaw in that logic."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"Life-goes-on movies usually don't electrify the senses, but this one stimulates moral imagination."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Happily, the joy outweighs the guilt."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Its conclusions are thoughtful and non-judgmental; satisfying even if it pulls a few punches."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Keener never lets us lose sight of something possibly redeemable about Kate, a move which ultimately saves her performance from lapsing into an easy social caricature."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"It's involving and often gripping with wonderful performances by a top cast, although the sum of its parts is less than the story as a whole"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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