Metropolitan (1990)

An ironically comic look at Manhattan's endangered debutante scene, Metropolitan chronicles the rise and ultimate decline of a group of young Park Avenue socialites who gather nightly to discuss love, honor, and the impending demise of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 3, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Stillman hasn't made as hermetically appealing a movie since, but for those lamenting the absence of the written word in modern comedy - rather than the improvisationally blurted-out kind - "Metropolitan" makes for delightful memory-lane viewing.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Stillman films these rounds of romance and jealousy, old mind-sets and new friendships, as scintillating dialectical jousts in which verbal blows take the place of action and leave lasting emotional wounds.

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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

Whit Stillman's "urban haute bourgeoisie" are redeemed because the filmmaker takes custody of them, their idiosyncrasies, their flaws.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Metropolitan has always felt like a movie that exists in a strange, insular little bubble of its own, utterly divorced from the personal experience of virtually anyone who watches it.

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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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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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Sam Weisberg
Village Voice

It might make you long for a return to movies in which teens have a greater vocabulary than their parents.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 85% 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.