Hush (1998)



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

Movie Info

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. … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Darby, Jane Rusconi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Martha Baring

as Jackson Baring

as Alice Baring

as Sister O'Shaughnessy

as Dr. Hill

as Hal Bentall

as Clayton Richards

as Georgina Richards

as Priest

as Church Warden

as Doctor

as Paramedic

as Banker

as Auctioneer

as Racing Enthusiast

as Nursing Home Nun

as Helen's Baby

as Helen's Baby

as Helen's Baby
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Critic Reviews for Hush

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film is so awful it doesn't even qualify as a B-movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

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).

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 23, 2011

Audience Reviews for Hush


silly mess of a movie

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


(wretching... continued wretching...)

Michael Gildea

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.

Ilyaas Hussain
Ilyaas Hussain

Super Reviewer

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