[Holofcener donates] the best moments in Friends With Money to a dissection of feminine net-worth envy.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Nicole Holofcener's bittersweet comedy is about friendship and money and about how having one sometimes, maybe always, interferes with the other.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
An exasperatingly awful performance from Jennifer Aniston puts the tin lid on this humourless and self-pitying ensemble comedy.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Sharply observed and cleverly written, in the end, the film is also a bit superficial, like its characters' lives.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
You could make an argument that that's how life is, unresolved, but as a film, it makes for frustrating viewing, particularly when plot threads with the potential to bust open the story are left hanging.
Teresa Wiltz - Washington Post
Friends With Money is another finely etched, intelligently acted social comedy from Nicole Holofcener, whose first two features were Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Although the women provide the narrative's social glue, it's never clear how they formed their bonds. Rather than story, Friends With Money is founded on ready-made behavioral metaphors.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
No one making movies today has as firm a grasp of the intricacies of female friendship as writer-director Nicole Holofcener.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
I'm officially fed up with Jennifer Aniston's blue period.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
One of those exasperating movies that you admire without necessarily liking.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Grows on you as minor touches make each ego a little more human.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Holofcener builds scenes around motifs that resonate marvelously.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The trouble with Holofcener's scheme is that the center of the movie is dead.
David Denby - New Yorker
The movie lacks warmth and edge. It seems to be more of an idea than a story.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A class-conscious L.A. tale of four best friends and the men who love (and hurt) them.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
Jennifer Aniston comes into her own with this funny and sensitive comedy about four lifelong friends.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Sharply observed and deftly acted, Friends With Money offers a funny, sad, trenchant view of women of a certain age and social milieu (moneyed Los Angeles), struggling with, well, life.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It walks a middle ground between humorous perspective and dark insight. Then again, don't most of us?
Tom Long - Detroit News
Proves that given the right cast, any comedy can survive.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Friends with Money is not without humor and irony, and it's well worth seeing despite all of its gloom and doom (or perhaps because of it).
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Nothing ever happens in Friends with Money, but a pleasant time is spent waiting.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
... offers an agreeable grazing menu of smart dialogue, wry observational humor and bright characterizations, but doesn't end up feeling like a full meal.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
After headlining two of 2005's worst movies (Derailed and Rumor Has It), Jennifer Aniston bounces back with Nicole Holofcener's acutely funny Friends With Money, Aniston's best on-screen performance since The Good Girl.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A shrewdly observed slice of L.A. disconnect.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
In plumbing the depths of despair of four unhappy Los Angeles women, all in their 30s and 40s, it reveals much about modern miscommunication.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
These are people not so different from those you know or perhaps even are, ever so slightly inflated, all the better to gently puncture.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This is a dense and sophisticated work about mortality, materialism, madness, jealousy and pity a movie in which the fabulous duds are ripped off the "Sex and the City" gals and they're left teetering on the edge of the abyss...
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A pitch-perfect ensemble comedy that burrows deep into the mind-set of white, upper middle-class Angelenos, anxious to strike the right balance among career, family, love life and money but never quite pulling it off.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
For a movie rich in hilarity, heartbreak and a sense of life in all its vibrant, messy sprawl, watch Friends With Money. It touches a nerve.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
An exquisitely calibrated hypermodern comedy of manners.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Boasting generous performances from each player, this is a film that understands the foibles of human nature.
Dean Essner - Film4
Tidily grounded in Sitcomland
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Holofcener jibes class and materialism without getting preachy and avoids formula with wit and compassion.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
The script is full of witty gems, while still remaining rooted in reality.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Holofcener's anecdotal narrative doesn't give us much purchase on any of the characters.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
An astutely observed relationship dramedy, painfully funny even as it burns.
Karina Longworth - Cinematical
This delicious, seriocomic tale of four friends in affluent, liberal, west L.A. grappling with midlife crises, metrosexual spouses and household remodeling takes on an avoided subject: money, and how it affects our relationships.
David Ansen - Newsweek
...remains oddly uninvolving for the majority of its brisk running time.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
For all its Sundance cool factor, the latest from this gifted director glances off the viewer without leaving much impact.
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
Una comedia agridulce sobre las relaciones de pareja y amistad de cuatro mujeres acomodadas, con buenos dialogos y observacion de personajes. Muy buen elenco.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Problematic at the center, but there's still pleasure to be had in watching the actresses navigate the emotional terrain.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
These characters are worth a visit, but don't be surprised if they don't stay with you for very long once you've gone home.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Just when did the polished Hollywood 'chick flick' of old begin to appropriate the stylistics of the indie film?
Matt McAllister - Future Movies UK
In a low-key way, it's a very fine performance. Poker-faced Aniston may be, but everything Olivia needs to say is right there in her eyes.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Marriage, success, self-worth and communication are put under the microscope and the result is funny, poignant and ripe with truths
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Guys could learn a lot about women by watching this older, often funnier L.A. version of Sex in the City
Michael Szymanski - Hollywood.com
[I]t's hard to distinguish [Holofcener's] more tentative approach to narrative [here] from an identity crisis. Maybe that's why McDormand's material has by far the most bite.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
An amazing set of actresses add depth and character to the lives of four friends whose relationship will always be a mystery but whose love for each other endures.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
If you are a woman, or if you love one, you should see it. You will see yourself somewhere, as with all her movies, and it will change the way you see yourself as well...Holofcener nderstands us better than we admit we understand ourselves
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A total joy.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Holofcener has a gift for wonderfully oblivious and in-denial characters, and the subtly ridiculous situations that such characters get themselves into.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
It's entertaining, with some choice performances and the laugh-out-loud quotient of a good sketch show.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Aniston ditches her perky romcom persona and delivers a downbeat but likeable and surprisingly moving performance that anchors the film.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
As a creator of characters, Holofcener has strong instincts for emblematic situations and telling habits, yet she takes a reticent approach to development -- she observes her subjects closely, but doesn't necessarily interpret.
Jessica Winter - Time Out
It's a shame the film ends so unconvincingly, but Friends With Money is still rich in insights.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Friends with Money is an observant slice of Los Angeles life that relishes the day-to-day dealings with friends and life's struggles.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
The first-rate cast lights into Holofcener's clever lines with unrestrained relish.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Her other 'Friends' were much more entertaining
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
In some ways this movie reminded me of an off-broadway play; lots of talking and character development, but very little action.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Promises to say more, but never goes further than giving us small observations of modern urban life.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Insightful and refreshingly open-handed, this ensemble drama taps into some painfully real emotions while maintaining an enjoyable comical tone.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Fails to feature protagonists who boast more than a figurative purpose.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Graceful and perceptive, with a genuine appreciation for imperfection and a weary, but persistent, commitment to hope.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Holofcener's characters seem like genuine women, not the glossy, face- lifted, 20-takes-till-perfect Hollywood version.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
"Friends With Money" is a Woody Allen-ish movie that's just what its title implies.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The material is alternately rich or thin, depending on the performers' aptitude for mastering Holofcener's neurotically funny dialogue.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It's quiet, small and emotional in its approach to the problems - both large and small - shared between four friends.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Its slightness seems slighter and slighter the further you get from the film.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
sells itself short again and again by dreaming up silly plot complications and behavioral quirks that may have made slightly more sense on the page than they do on the screen.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Considering Holofcener's expanded canvas and the film's relatively short running time, it's a wonder these characters feel so fully formed (not to mention near and dear).
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
It engages us from beginning to end without strong narrative, or narratives. It lives through the quality of Holofcener's dialogue and the performances that she has drawn from her actors.
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Watching [these actresses] trying to work with these underdeveloped roles is like watching big-league hitters when there's no one pitching to them.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's so effortless and pleasant to spend time with the characters (and the actresses) in Friends With Money that it seems churlish to notice that the movie adds up to nothing much.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
That this seems at all fresh is testimony to the aridity of the so-called 'indie' movie scene and to the phoniness of most modern studio movies about adult relationships.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Friends With Money comes to an all-too-easy, sitcom-like conclusion.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Funny and often insightful but it's hard to spend time with such an annoying group of people.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Most crucially, we don't learn what brought the four women together; Olivia's so much younger than the others that there's no reason to think they'd ever have befriended her.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The movie meanders a bit, never quite following through on its undeniably nasty take on human relations.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The cast is terrific, the movie isn't.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
At its best, the film approximates eavesdropping on the talk that can follow the exit of one friend from a room full of good pals, all of them caring, concerned and eager to deflect attention from their own situations.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Don't be surprised if you see glimpses of your own friends in this film ... and of yourself.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Further testament to Holofcener's skill and ongoing development as one of her generation's most consistently interesting independent filmmakers.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Friends with Money" can be considered a chick flick because it's the gals that provide most of the fodder.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Little of weight seems at stake and the ensemble hum is low-key.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
How exhilarating it is to watch great actresses get material that's worthy of them.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Both entertaining and frustrating.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Friends with Money is not a finished portrait, just a disposable snapshot of people we're less than invested in.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
An appealingly low-key look at friendships and status, and how the two co-exist, sometimes uncomfortably.
Frank Houston - Palm Beach Daily News
A rich portrait of the tenuously connected sets of relationships that, while peripheral in another film, are the whole enchilada here.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With friends like Aniston and Holofcener, the American independent film doesn't need enemies.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
At first glance, you may feel you've seen this one before, but serious afterthought reveals layers of depth and meaning, anchored by a stringent critique of both sexes.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
There's little suspense, but the film holds your interest like a nice conversation.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It takes awhile to get going. A long while. Too long of a while.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The performances are uniformly excellent -- this is easily Aniston's best work -- but there is the unshakeable sense that Holofcener has spread herself too thin trying to tell too many stories.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It's a thoughtful, funny film whose especially appealing cast makes up for what it lacks in plot.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Holofcener's greatest strength as a writer rests not in her dialogue (though it's top-grade) but rather in the manner in which she levels the playing field for her characters.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The relationships and characters are great, but a plot, or at least a point to the story would have made the film so much more worthwhile.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Honesty, excellent dialogue, endears us to real faulted people -- reminded me of Sideways. Very good, but could have used little more impact in the message department.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Smart, snarky dialogue and a few insightful observations about the upper-middle class.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
In hanging out with Franny, Christine, Jane and Olivia, you get not only a nuanced portrait of women's friendship but a glorious showcase of four actresses in their prime.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
It's a movie of charm and insight, well-acted and carefully observed, but it's also one that lacks any real heights to offset the generic competence that characterizes it.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Entirely character-driven and so full of brilliant moments that you'll want to see it more than once, and right away.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The astral conjunction never quite happened
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
There are enough laughs to last 88 minutes.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Holofcener, who also wrote the script, makes little attempt to puncture the insularity of her characters' lives, with either heavy satirical jabbing or flashes of illuminating insight.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
A representational slice of life of upscale Los Angeles, complete with its class, race and professional bias, and Holofcener works beautifully to establish a sense of discontent within privilege.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Holofcener achieves success with sharply written dialog, and four wonderful actresses who give Friends with Money a frightening dramatic authenticity.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Holofcener's writing is bright, and the individual sequences are engaging and sometimes touching, but as a whole never achieves any significant insight or depth.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Boring rich people have to put up with a pot-smoking friend who insists on being single, a stalker, and a maid.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
It's overstuffed with zesty moments that reveal that the best friendships are about learning to grow together and challenge each other.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Friends is well-crafted, intelligent, genuinely adult fare.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
Is this a microcosm of society today, or is it a superficial attempt to gloss and dramatize relational boredom? You decide.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
This is all such crap! Unless you like sitting in a dark theater watching people 'kvetch' for no good reason.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
One would assume (Holofcener) knows a thing or two about female friendships, but you wouldn't know it from this drivel.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Assumptions are challenged, and flawed characters are revealed to possess deep wells of love and compassion.
Annlee Ellingson - FilmStew.com
It's got some really strong writing and great performances.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has brains to spare, even if she can't always figure out how to put them to good use.
Brett Buckalew - FilmStew.com
The kind of chick flick that offers genuine accessibility instead of rah-rah sisterhood empowerment.
Anne Gilbert - Filmcritic.com
Friends With Money is very well-done. It's just a pity it doesn't revolve around more likeable people. As is, it's just painful.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
I think I liked Aniston's old friends better.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Nicole Holofcener's intriguing take on this thorny topic is bitterly sharp and somewhat depressing, much like these privileged women's lives.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
"Poor Olivia" (Jennifer Aniston), as her friends call her, is actually poor, at least compared to them.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
You learn more about a Holofcener character from the way she brushes her hair than you do about the factory-made heroine in all two hours of your average romance.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Gives the characters relatable failings and the story some ironic bite...[but] lacks the depth of empathy Holofcener showed in Lovely and Amazing.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Takes a step backwards here by trusting the tactile fidelity of her assumed, imaginary daguerreotypes buzzing around one another in contrived, indecipherable orbits.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Observant and compassionate in its depiction of what life is like for its strong-willed female characters.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Friends With Money should be on Prozac, Zoloft or Paxil. I mean that in a good way.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Despite the cliched script, "Friends with Money" is entertaining, well acted and, thankfully, short
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Money, in this case, doesn't buy what it takes to make it through a typical day in the life.
Dean Essner - E! Online
There's rarely a moment in this film that feels wrong, barely a moment wasted, and yet it all drifts rather serenely to a stop, with little to mark its passage.
Chris Barsanti - ToxicUniverse.com
Friends With Money offers a more engaging and nuanced plotline than usually associated with run-of-the-mill chick flicks.
Francesca Dinglasan - Boxoffice Magazine
Another plot-lite, character-heavy portrait of woman dealing with love, friendship and self-worth and Holofcener has little interest in adding polish or scale to her formula.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Dave White - Movies.com
Friends With Money isn't so much a slice-of-life as a slice of a slice-of-life, about as weighty as an iced-blended coffee. You buy it, you consume it and, when it's done, you wonder: Is that all there is?
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Holofcener's film remains rooted in keen observations about everyday life.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Every five years, Nicole Holofcener makes a movie, Catherine Keener acts in it, and some kind of magic happens.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Witty and fast-paced as [some] scenes are, after a while the big picture grows tired and trivial.
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
A relaxed and realistic portrait of four middle-aged women friends dealing with fragility of their lives and relationships.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
If Friends With Money is about the meaning of success in a town obsessed with wealth, it is also, more universally, about our defining incompleteness, and the sad, uproarious inconclusiveness of life.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
I do not doubt that vapid people like these exist; that does not mean they are worth watching.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Lays the emotional tension on thick but punctuates it with nimble wit.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
An understated comedy about money in a classless social setting.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Slant Magazine
A chick flick but not a date movie, this is a pic with sharp dialogue and solid humor about four middle-aged friends, one poor, the others rich.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Quite funny, the script has but one fault. It has a final page. When the movie finishes, your only complaint will be that you wished it were longer.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A mysandristic chick flick in the worst sense of the word.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Amusing and astute, a smart observation on the ups and downs of female friendships.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Imbued with a distinctly female sensibility, this serio comedy is always intelligent and sporadically entertaining, yet at the end, I was left with a frustrated feeling wanting it to be deeper and more focused.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has become one of the most interesting, observant and insightful filmmakers working today.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Friends With Money is entertaining and highly watchable but in the end, it just feels trite.
Don R. Lewis - Film Threat
Holofcener has an uncommonly keen eye for the nuances of awkward public discourse between people of varied social status.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)