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Spinster

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Canada

2020

Rated PG • 1h 30m

Director Andrea Dorfman

Starring Chelsea Peretti, Susan Kent, Amy Groening, Charlie Boyle

Genre Comedy

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Gaby, a caterer living in Nova Scotia, catches her boyfriend moving out on her 39th birthday. A year older, childless, and now single, she is forced to face her fear of becoming a spinster head-on. Along the way, she begins to question her assumptions about what it means to be a single woman.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Barry Hertz

While Spinster works well enough as a showcase for Peretti’s talents, Dorfman never matches the power of her star. With a bare-bones production design and most of its scenes blocked in a pedestrian manner, Spinster looks like a TV show that simply goes on too long.
70

Variety by Guy Lodge

Andrea Dorfman’s thoughtful little film arrives at a compromise that feels honest and hard-won — helped along by the infectious, defiantly offbeat presence of erstwhile “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Chelsea Peretti.
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Wall Street Journal by John Anderson

What’s increasingly bewildering and perversely curious is how unpleasant Spinster is, in almost every regard: The lighting is atrocious, the framing is erratic and Ms. Peretti’s comedy, which is generally about demolishing the banalities that constitute most human interaction, may well have the audience saying, “Well, of course Gaby’s alone. She’s intolerable.”
58

IndieWire by Kate Erbland

The film’s inherent messiness and unpredictability eventually settles into more expected charms, but Spinster is at its most appealing when leaning into the very ideas it seemed hellbent on rejecting early on.
83

Original-Cin by Kim Hughes

Spinster adds up to more than the sum of its parts, even if its primary takeaway — a woman doesn’t need a man to be happy and/or successful, yada yada — is hardly ground-breaking.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

It’s as inoffensive and pleasant as a primetime sitcom, although a bit more bite — and interest in food, given the heroine’s profession — might have added some plausibility and verisimilitude.
63

RogerEbert.com by Matt Fagerholm

If anything, the picture is a touch too benign for its own good, though it does earn enough laughs to warrant a recommendation, at least in its first third.
75

Chicago Sun-Times by Richard Roeper

Spinster isn’t a particularly visually arresting film, nor is it bursting with memorable and colorful supporting players. It’s simply an effective vehicle for Chelsea Peretti to expand upon her smart/cynical persona to include some genuine heart and likability as well.