WHAT'S BEING SAID...
"Stacks reluctantly installs her in his palatial penthouse, where Annie; Stacks’ British advisor, Grace (Rose Byrne); and a Russian-accented social-services bureaucrat (an excellent Stephanie Kurtzuba) delightedly dance and squeal over each instance of runaway opulence."
"Another bright spot is Stephanie Kurtzuba (The Wolf of Wall Street). Here she plays an Eastern European social worker and steals every scene."
"The one standout performance, apart from Quvenzhané Wallis came from Stephanie Kurtzuba who felt like she could have probably stepped into Carol Burnett’s shoes in this film. Kurtzuba played the child care services worker who deals with Annie and later comes to inspect Stacks’ penthouse to make sure the billionaire can adequately house the girl. There is something about an attractive woman who can adroitly do a comic turn, it makes the gag that little bit funnier and endearing. This comic actress will most assuredly be in a lot more films and if she is not, someone is not paying attention to her superb acting skills."
"It's the birth of a comedian. The movie's scene-stealer is Stephanie Kurtzuba, an actress previously known for roles in dramas like Wolf of Wall Street and TV's The Leftovers. Her small role in Annie shows someone fully committed to a fairly silly character and destined to now be tapped for more comedy."
MTV: We'll certainly be hearing a lot about the female characters in this movie. The most significant are Jordan's two wives, but there's a female stockbroker at his firm who was really interesting the few times she was shown. I know the original cut was longer — was there more of her and her backstory in the original script?
Winter: No, I think that came from the relationship from that actress, Stephanie Kurtzuba, and Leo. There was a connection between them and I think it just sort of — I know Leo talked about her very complimentarily and said she gave me so much when I was giving that speech, I got so much from that actress, the emotion just sort of raised up. And I don't know where things fell in sequence of where they shot it, but I think Marty probably shined more of a light on her because there was this special chemistry between Leo and that actress.
"In between is standout supporting player Stephanie Kurtzuba as a Russian-accented social worker who provides a few good laughs."
"Omaha native Stephanie Kurtzuba, on the other hand, does us proud as a social services clerk with a thick Slavic accent. She gets her chance to shine musically in “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” romping around in the luxury of Stacks’ penthouse, and her character acting is a standout in this cast."
The biggest laughs, surprisingly, come from Stephanie Kurtzuba in the small but juicy role of a Russian-accented social services worker; she’s always in the background of scenes, hamming enthusiastically.
When you have a movie in which most of the women are wives, girlfriends, and prostitutes, you're going to elicit those criticisms. And only one woman character is notably outside any of those roles - Kimmie Belzer, the Chanel-clad broker played memorably by Stephanie Kurtzuba.
Not many other performances in the movie are worth mentioning, except Stephanie Kurtzuba as Annie's weary social services caseworker. The actress is the only one who seems to understand the difference between cynicism and satire.
Stephanie Kurtzuba, as a social-services clerk/counselor with a thick Russian accent and a roving eye, steals their thunder easily.
"The only thing I really bought in this movie was Quvenzhané Wallis. And Stephanie Kurtzuba, who you will recognize as the woman who looked a lot like Jenna Elfman in The Wolf of Wall Street, turns out to be the only person with lines in this film who appears to be capable of dancing professionally, and steals every scene she is in."