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Hush (1998)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 34

A ridiculous but wholly predictable potboiler with performances ranging from comatose to hysterical.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

A ridiculous but wholly predictable potboiler with performances ranging from comatose to hysterical.



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Jonathan Darby made his directorial debut with this thriller, set in Kentucky (but filmed in Orange County, VA). Jackson Baring (Johnathon Schaech) wants his girlfriend, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), to meet his mother, Martha (Jessica Lange), so he brings her home for Christmas to Kilronan, their sumptuous Kentucky estate and horse farm. Later, after Helen gets pregnant, they marry and return to Kilronan to have the baby, but Martha aggressively intrudes and manipulates, telling obstetrician Dr.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jonathan Darby, Jane Rusconi

Aug 7, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (34) | DVD (4)

Hush is gussied up by its classy distaff cast members, but remains trashy all the same.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Jessica Lange establishes a spark of interest in this psychological thriller with her giggly demonic performance. But the film never adds up to anything more than an elaborate tease.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Hush has three very simple problems: it's incredibly dumb, it's incredibly boring, and it's incredibly predictable (at least up to the stupefying ending).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Lange seems at a loss to know how to convey Martha's malevolence -- and writer-director Jonathan Darby offers almost no guidance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Hush is the kind of movie where you walk in, watch the first 10 minutes, know exactly where it's going, and hope devoutly that you're wrong.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is so awful it doesn't even qualify as a B-movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The screenplay, by director Jonathan Darby and Jane Rusconi, might have prompted Lange to fly way over the top. Thankfully, she reins in her performance sufficiently to save the melodrama from becoming just another Whatever Happended To Baby Jane? lampoon.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

The only way that a story this insipid could be any good would be if it was a very campy black comedy.

January 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

[A] trashy, overwrought thriller.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The screenplay borders on the hilarious, at times, with a couple eliciting guffaws.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Absolutely awful.

September 24, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

If only TriStar had hushed writer-director Jonathan Darby when he made the pitch for this insulting thriller.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

A lot of talent wasted in a forgettable potboiler

December 5, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Hush will always find a place at sadists' film festivals.

June 19, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Popcorn pleasing fan...Lange is a scream

April 27, 2003

Cast opposite Oscar-winner Jessica Lange, Paltrow makes abundantly clear her ability to compete with one of the best actresses in the business.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Disappointing thriller.

February 7, 2003
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Given how terrible Hush is, it should be more fun to watch.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

A mystery without surprises, a thriller without thrills. It's too bad, really, because the movie has a few strong points.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Only Nina Foch, as the wheelchair bound granny hidden away among nuns, shows any flair for taking this into the campy domain in which it might have flourished.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This is one loooooooonnnng mother-in-law joke.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Good news: It's very funny. Bad News: HUSH is a thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

An absurdly bad mixture of Rosemary's Baby and any Bette Davis movie from the 1960s

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Hush

silly mess of a movie
April 7, 2007
jay nixon

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(wretching... continued wretching...)
November 20, 2006

Super Reviewer

Engaging in the most minimal way and ending on the most ludicrous note, Hush is one film that both the actors and the audiences are more than willing to forget.
July 9, 2011
Ilyaas Hussain

Super Reviewer

I thought this movie was great. Helen goes with her husband to visit her mother in law who she hasn't met before. When they reveal to the mother-in-law that they're pregnant she shows a very unfriendly side only to Helen. Jessica Lange does an awesome job playing the psychotic mother-in-law.
January 25, 2011
Naughtia Nahazhina

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