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: April 6, 2012
DVD 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.

Lisa Rosman

The problem is that since all these kids are so blank, only Stillman, as the narrative voice, is in on his many jokes.

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William Goss

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

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

In truth, the less said the better about this unfocused film about the few, the bland and the moronic.

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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.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Damsels in Distress mostly just made me tired

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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.

Ray Pride

[I]ts daffy, otherworldly story, rehearsing but not rehashing Stillman's frankly reactionary instincts, resounds less for its charming gaggle of collegiate women than for its dramatization of self-deception and the despair of depression.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I watched half an hour and couldn't take any more. That old time style of talking really grates on me and is part of the reason I don't enjoy period… 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