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Hanging Up (2000)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 75

Though the screenplay and the novel it's based on were both written by the same person, critics say Hanging Up is an unsuccessful adaptation. The acting is praised as solid, but is ultimately unable to save the film.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 23

Though the screenplay and the novel it's based on were both written by the same person, critics say Hanging Up is an unsuccessful adaptation. The acting is praised as solid, but is ultimately unable to save the film.



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Diane Keaton directed and starred in this comedy/drama about a family brought together by potential tragedy. In her mid-40s, Eve (Meg Ryan) minds her house, runs a business organizing parties and events for others, and looks after her father (Walter Matthau), an alcoholic former writer who has grown argumentative and increasingly difficult to handle. Eve's sisters -- Georgia (Keaton), who is a few years older and the editor of a successful fashion magazine, and Maddy (Lisa Kudrow), a few years


Drama, Comedy

Delia Ephron, Nora Ephron

Jun 27, 2000

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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (75) | DVD (8)

Three of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented actresses, Ryan, Keaton, and Kudrow, are totally wasted in this shamelessly sappy meller that bears the schmaltzy sensibility of Nora Ephorn, its inept producer and co-scripter even though Keaton is helmer

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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The only possible excuse for the new film Hanging Up has to be that it looked great in a deal memo.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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A decent, often entertaining yet ultimately disappointing film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Too scattered and insubstantial to be as funny and moving as it could have been.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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This movie is witty, spry, even touching.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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The movie doesn't really want to be all that heartbreakingly true.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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A real shame that this isn't a good movie.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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A sappy, overly familiar enterprise.

December 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

The story bungles ahead pointlessly, mixing melodrama and self-help book affirmations.

June 18, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

considering the movie's plot involves lots of crying over wrecked birthday parties and stolen stuffing recipes, most guys -- and more than a few women as well -- probably wouldn't want to know what they're missing.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Speaks to the deep yearning we all have to break free from the assigned roles in our birth families.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

One of the very worst movies I've ever seen.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Saying it is a waste of time is an understatement of epic proportions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Rarely gets far enough beyond the foibles stage to make you want to spend time with them, let alone share their life issues.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Daily News

It's particularly disappointing that Keaton demonstrates little of the quirky sensibility of her previous works, either as a director or an actress.

January 1, 2000
Winnipeg Sun

I saw three terrific actresses in Hanging Up, but I can't decide if I saw a movie.

January 1, 2000
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Annoying and a complete waste of time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review

A headache waiting to happen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Norman Transcript

Almost torture to sit through its one hundred minutes of banal chatter and counterfeit crises.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

One of the most irritating movies of the year, features non-stop phoning.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Has an on-again-off-again humorous way, but lacks a great story to hold onto.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Puts the 'oy' into cloying.

January 1, 2000
Ottawa Citizen

Audience Reviews for Hanging Up

Hanging Up is a film about three sisters, very, very different from one another, who are unfortunately pulled together by their father, an alcoholic Alzheimer's patient who's wife left him and the family and has never recovered. It's taut, depressing, and harried throughout, mostly lending to the fact that this is clearly all about Meg Ryan. The other two sisters are background noise in this movie, every problem, every little thing that needs encapsulating being about Ryan. Keaton directed and co-starred in this as the older sister who never gives credit where it's due, and typically can't be reached. This character is so bothersome to me and unneeded throughout, that her presence in any scene feels contemptuous. Kudrow is the other mess of a sister, who is eccentric and naive, and also need not be in this film. If it had focused solely on the relationship between Ryan's character and her father (portrayed by the still lucid and very talented Walter Matthau) it would have been more poignant and made a bit more sense. What really irked me was that her mother doesn't want anything to do with her, so leaves this family to ruin, and barely anything is really explained about their relationship. If that had been better cultivated, it would have been very moving and harrowing. Instead we're stuck with this maudlin, overworked plot that just keeps going into flashbacks that are supposed to reveal these big events in time, but are actually just flavorless frosting on an already bothersome cake. Neither is it funny, nor dramatic, nor a good movie for Ryan, who also made the unfortunate films Kate and Leopold and Addicted to Love in that decade. It's just not worth it in any way, shape, or form.
November 5, 2011

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Three grown up sisters face the impending demise of their father in this Keaton directed, Ephron scripted chick flick about facing mortality. It means well but often is strained and labored.
August 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

i liked it it was funny and sweet and showed how three completely different sisters fnally find themselves its really good and worth a watch!
July 22, 2008
Film Crazy

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Movie about three different sisters.
July 15, 2007
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