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1,406 Ratings

Mistress America

Directed by Noah Baumbach
United States, 2015


Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

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Mistress America Directed by Noah Baumbach

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 3rd place: Best Screenplay

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Gotham Awards

2015 | Nominee: Breakthrough Actor

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Comedic Actress

It isn’t merely about literature; it’s a work of brilliant writing, one of the most exquisite of recent screenplays. While watching the film, I wanted to transcribe the dialogue in real time for the pleasure of reading it afterward (and I hope that the screenplay, which Gerwig and Baumbach co-wrote, will be published as a book). The center of its writerly wonder is Brooke’s wild verbal whimsy.
August 24, 2015
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Like While We’re Young, Baumbach’s latest seems to be a film of low stakes and minor ambition, yet its execution is far more satisfying. With almost endlessly quotable dialogue, two truly winning lead performances and an energetic score, Mistress America is yet another comedic triumph from the creative partnership of Baumbach and Gerwig.
August 21, 2015
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For anyone who’s wondered how one of Luis Buñuel’s bourgeois farces might go in English, it’s probably something like these scenes in Connecticut. This American version is comparably restrained. No one dies, for instance. This is Baumbach and Gerwig’s third film together. To quote Tracy to Tony: This new movie’s “just the same in another direction” — with much funnier dialogue and evocative electronic music by Wareham and Britta Phillips.
August 21, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Mistress America

    I'm not the target audience for this film. Maybe I'm too old, or maybe it's because I didn't grow up watching "Friends" on TV, or maybe it's because I hated the music. Everything about the people in this film is annoying, I guess that that is supposed to be funny. I know some people that liked this film. Well, I don't really know them, but I met somebody who liked it.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film Mistress America

    There's something about this and Frances Ha that really attracts me to Baumbach's films. It might be their new look on young women, their rawness and spontaneity. Or probably it's just Greta Gerwig. I just love the dialogs and how, in the end, the plots aren't centered on the relationships of these girls with guys but instead on their relationships with themselves and each other, while growing up and becoming adults.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Mistress America

    What a waste of coolness. I get the screwball comedy thing, but it is so farfetched and dislocated: how am I going to care about anything when these people sound so fake and boring? As an age-coming-through dialogue, it's also bland: it's the same perpetuated nule whining about self absorved millenium crisis. Hyping an overrated business idea or giving cliche realness on writing stories - this is vanilla cinema.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Mistress America

    It'll take another viewing before I decide if the jarring tonal shift that occurs during the Connecticut section of the film is a miscalculation or a necessary key change; regardless, "Mistress America" is another hilarious and keenly observed comedy from Noah Baumbach, with the right amount of understated melancholy and a breakout turn from Lola Kirke in what is easily one of the best performances of the year.

  • Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film Mistress America

    Fucking annoying. I can't stand Ivy league folks, with their « bourgeois existence ennui ». The characters are arrogant and so superficial. Maybe this film reflect perfectly my jealousy for hipsters « easy » lifestyle. At least, Frances Halladay has more humanity because of her natural and charming clumsiness. I should going back to proletarian Rossellini's shits, lol. What a waste of time.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Mistress America

    One of Baumbach’s wittiest films, Mistress America takes a classic structure and spins it to accommodate the filmmaker’s exquisite sense of social ineptitudes and emotional singularities. Baumbach yet again uses New York as the backdrop to the intellectual and the desperate – often times both terms being interchangeable – in the process exploring his most cherished theme: growing up.

  • Jason's rating of the film Mistress America

    Requires seriously high tolerance for dopey whimsy and Great Gerwig's ongoing deformation into precious, quirky, self-aware 'in on it' wraith of our new, blithe Sodom. It's a pity. I used to be certain that Noah Baumbach was an utterly objectionable full-of-shit coward. I waffled. Shouldn't have. My first judgment, though maybe harsh, was a sound one. I hate most things about this move. Not Lola Kirke. She's great.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Mistress America

    'I'm so impressed by you and so worried for you at the same time'. Baumbach has always been a little hit or miss for me but this latest work is his best to date. Exceptionally written by the director and his star (Gerwig) the film puts a finger on the pulse of the generation coming of age and the one over-shadowed by it. Gerwig and Lola Kirke carve out full bodied creations that amplify the films' intent. Kudos.

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