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Hats Off

Hats Off (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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With the style and grace of Katharine Hepburn, the smoky wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, and her own personal philosophy, "rise above it," 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell is an iconic American original, rising above the confines of her own daily life, to reach for the stars and fulfill her dreams. Her full-time acting career began at age 65, and her daily routine mocks the traditional image of old age. From her 14-hour days at acting auditions and cattle calls, to her weekly gymnastics and

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It's obviously not all because of her drive and determination, but we come away from Johnstone's film believing attitude may play a role in the theater of at least one woman's life.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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If you're not tickled and stirred by the sight of her 95-pound frame kicking off sheets and leaping out of bed to answer a phone -- a gig, maybe! -- then shame on you.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Although it's highly effective at conveying the amusing aspects of its subject's quirky personality, Hats Off is less than meaningful in terms of terms of getting under her skin.

April 9, 2008
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Jyll Johnstone's irresistible Hats Off documents Mimi Weddell, a Manhat tanite who, at 93, has pretty much cornered the market playing elegant, very old ladies in movies, TV, commercials and print ads.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Hats Off is a documentary tribute to the 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell, one of those people for whom the word 'individual' seems especially apt.

March 28, 2008
New York Times
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It doesn't take long for Mimi Weddell's elegant aura to crumble, disarmingly, in this documentary about the 93-year-old actor who once played Stanford's grandmother on Sex and the City.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Sometimes, a story is just not worth telling, and while Mimi's life is definitely an unusual one, it's not iconic.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A wonderful continuation of Johnstone's previous age-is-but-a-number twilight documentaries Martha & Ethel and Throwing Curves.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Johnstone, a friend of the family, maintains too discreet a distance from her subject.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The face may be vaguely familiar, and if the name 'Mimi Weddell' doesn't ring a bell it will after you've seen Jyll Johnstone's affectionate documentary portrait of this unstoppable nonagenarian model and actress.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Overall, Hats Off feels like a scripted documentary that avoids the full story.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Quaint and slight.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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