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100
Tiny Furniture is proof, against steep odds, that there are no small stories, only small storytellers.
100
Whether Tiny Furniture is a mumblecore movie is an open question. It has many of the tell-tale signs of that ill-defined genre; although improvised dialogue, a mumblecore staple, is minimal.
88
A darkly comic, piercing, and occasionally painful study of a young woman's quest for identity.
88
The movie is full, assured and extremely wry.
85
The complementary tone of droll but freighted psychodrama she strikes in Tiny Furniture feels like a significant but precarious achievement. I feel a pinch of worry for her - as I did for Aura - looking into a future of Rudins and Apatows.
80
Pathos isn't Ms. Dunham's bag. What makes her film fascinating is the delicate mood it sustains.
75
What Dunham lacks in polish, she makes up for in her ability to observe her generation, with the hardest truths coming at her own expense.
75
It's the work of a filmmaker with a stunning future.
75
The end result is that Tiny Furniture plays like situation comedy, but with an overlay of performance art.
75
It's hard enough for a director to work with actors, but if you're working with your own family in your own house and depicting passive aggression, selfishness and discontent and you produce a film this good, you can direct just about anybody in just about anything.
70
What the film does well is capture the confusion of the identity abyss of twentysomethings of a certain social class.
50
How she (Dunham) made her movie is more impressive or at least unique than the actual story she chooses to tell.

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