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Mistress America

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Noah Baumbach

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About the Movie

From writer-director Noah Baumbach comes this witty comedy starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke. Tracy (Kirke) is a lonely college freshman who longs for confidence, a guy and membership in a snobby writers’ group. But when she meets her free-spirited future stepsister Brooke (Gerwig), the two have a wild New York adventure that gives Tracy a new outlook on dreams, friendship and cat ownership.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 166
  • Fresh: 137
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Noah Baumbach is one of those successful directors who's obsessed with failure. – Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, Oct 23, 2015

Fresh: Astute, bittersweet, funny, and needed a better ending. – John Anderson, Newsday, Aug 26, 2015

Rotten: Gerwig is a magnetic actress, but it feels as if she's overplaying it here. Even in Brooke's best moments, she's not all that charming or interesting. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 20, 2015

Fresh: Mistress America is not a new comic-book movie, although Greta Gerwig, who stars, has a kind of stand-tall, hands-on-hips superhero vibe about her. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug 27, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Vibrant and Genuinely Funny

Noah Baumbach is a rare writer/director that has made movies I’ve both loved and hated. Here are two prime examples. My initial viewing of his fantastic “Frances Ha” - which I was lucky enough to enjoy in a theater - was one of the most transformative movie-going experiences I’ve had to date. I remember that it made me passionate about film in a summer that was full of forgettable movies, and it continues to further my love for the art form as I watch it again and again. “While We’re Young” (released earlier this year), on the other hand, I found to be incredibly bothersome and even laughable at times. I sat in the theater waiting for the credits to roll, and it was as far from an enjoyable movie experience as can be. Having these completely opposite reactions to his work, and many more mixed feelings on his other films, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of “Mistress America”. Fortunately, it was one of the most vibrant and genuinely funny films I’ve seen in a very long time.

The picture centers around the relationship between two soon-to-be sisters (or stepsisters for that matter), played by Lola Kirke and Greta Gerwig. One of which is a lonely college freshman who’s quite timid when it comes to actively pursuing her dream of becoming a writer, and the other being a thirty year-old adventurous interior designer who’s notorious for entangling others in her own crazy schemes. They both live in New York City and feel obligated to meet at least once considering the fact that their respective parents will be marrying, and we see their relationship grow considerably in a very short time.

Kirke and Gerwig have this undeniable on-screen chemistry that could only be the product of a real-life friendship. It’s clear that they’re the ones driving the film forward. Greta Gerwig, who’s credited as a co-writer on both this project and “Frances Ha”, shows off her comic ability beautifully. It’s no coincidence that Baumbach’s best films have starred and been co-written by her. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses working today, and this film perfectly shows why.


Greta Gerwig is completely unwatchable. She’s like an annoying mosquito that you’d like to swat. The performances feel forced, no chemistry amongst the actors and the story line is paper thin. Rotten Tomatoes couldn’t be more off. Don’t waste your time or money.


I love the stuff noah and gerwig our doing now and cannot wait to see this movie. WHEN WILL THIS BE AVAILABLE?!

Mistress America
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2015

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