Excerpt: Baumbach, it must be noted, wrote this film solo, without the seemingly idealistic spirit of Gerwig, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that its point of view is so much more cynical than those of their collaborations. But what does it say about him (as, at the very least, a storyteller) that this is where his presumptions and prejudices go?
Excerpt: The best parts of this movie come from Baumbach finding inspiration in the way the younger generation works, particularly in the hipster movement. Baumbach nails some of these things in the specific, it doesn’t always work in the general sense.
Excerpt: While “Greenberg” had pointed observations to make about a middle aged egotist and his relationship with the younger generation and his own past, this one is muddied by unclear intent and sketchily defined female characters.
Excerpt: For a while, the film is insightful and full of empathy and clever details, but even when it loses its way, the ideas that Baumbach sets up early on in the film outweigh the less-workable material. For better or for worse, “While We’re Young” will make one feel old.