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Tiny Furniture Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Tiny Furniture is proof, against steep odds, that there are no small stories, only small storytellers.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Pathos isn't Ms. Dunham's bag. What makes her film fascinating is the delicate mood it sustains.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Slow drama about post-college life has sex, drinking, etc.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this post-college drama features an aimless character, along with plenty of swearing, drinking, smoking, drugs, and sex. Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole" fairly frequently and see teens drinking, along with young adults smoking pot and taking pills. One sex scene (without nudity) shows a less romantic side of intimacy.

  • Families can talk about how Aura's life is portrayed. How realistic is it? Do you know anyone like Aura? How is her life similar to or different than other young adults you know?
  • Talk about Aura's romantic encounters. What does she learn about relationships and sex over the course of the movie?
  • Does the drug and alcohol use feel realistic? Do all young adults experiment with drugs? What are some consequences of drug and alcohol use?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: It's important to take control of your life rather than let yourself get pushed or pulled into whatever is going on around you. Aura slowly learns this lesson after some unsatisfying experiences with jobs, friends, and love.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Aura, a very recent college graduate, is trying very hard to figure out what to do with herself, though mostly she just drifts through her days, seemingly content with whatever happens to her. Finally, she actually makes some choices, and though they may not be great ones, she's at least making an effort to direct herself.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Some intense arguments among family members.

  • sex false3

    Sex: One extremely disheartening sex scene. There's no nudity, and it's tough to imagine an encounter that's less erotic, for either the participants or the viewers. Some discussions of sex.

  • language false4

    Language: Fairly frequent swearing includes "s--t", "a--hole," and "f--k," used as both an expletive and a descriptive verb.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink, smoke cigarettes, get high on marijuana, and pop pills. One scene features high school students drinking at a party.