Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)



Critic Consensus: Smart, tender, and funny in equal measure, Hannah and Her Sisters is one of Woody Allen's finest films.

Movie Info

A Woody Allen Manhattan mosaic, Hannah and Her Sisters concerns the lives, loves, and infidelities among a tightly-knit artistic clan. Hannah (Mia Farrow) regularly meets with her sisters Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Lee (Barbara Hershey) to discuss the week's events. It's what they don't always tell each other that forms the film's various subplots. Hannah is married to accountant and financial planner Elliot (Michael Caine), who carries a torch for Lee, who in turn lives with pompous Soho artist … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Orion Pictures



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as Hannah's father

as Hannah's Mother

as Frederick

as Rock Band

as Ed Smythe

as Hannah's Twin

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as Dr. Abel

as Dr. Wilkes

as Brunch Guest

as Dr. Grey

as Dr. Smith

as Manon Lescaut

as Himself

as Drummer

as Bass Player

as Hannah's Child

as Hannah's Child

as Theater Manager

as Theater Executive

as Theater Executive

as Audition Pianist

as Father Flynn

as Mickey's Mother

as Mickey's Father

as Elliot's Analyst

as Krishna

as Thanksgiving Guest

as Thanksgiving Guest

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as Lee's Husband
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Critic Reviews for Hannah and Her Sisters

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (11)

The marvel of Hannah and Her Sisters is just how many fully realized characters and relationships Allen is able to weave into the fabric of this extraordinarily well-written film. This script is one to be studied by aspiring filmmakers.

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Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Perfection is boring, but boring is the very last word to describe Hannah and Her Sisters, which just may be a perfect movie.

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Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Hannah and Her Sisters is structured ingeniously so that seemingly separate stories eventually merge in satisfying ways.

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Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Hannah and Her Sisters is also filmmaking of consummate skill and emotional range. It encompasses brilliant comedy and almost unbearable poignance -- often in the same scene.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Allen weaves together the complex narrative strands with ease, punctuating the many variations on betrayal and love with three festive Thanksgiving dinners.

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New Yorker
Top Critic

Its plot has the elegant geometry of a Philip Barry play.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hannah and Her Sisters


The pastiche structure of this film is complex though sometimes unsatisfyingly slow. This dysfunctional literati family struggles with passive-aggressive sororal jealousy and spousal musical chairs. The titular character is the least developed. Hannah's acting talent and togetherness is only talked about through pervasive monologues; her strengths and demons are never really shown.

Nice uncredited cameo from caterpillar-browed Sam Waterston from "The Newsroom"!

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

It's no Bananas, but really, what is?

Julie B

Super Reviewer

Woody Allen skillfully blends comedy and drama in this wonderfully observed portrait of the lives, loves, and issues of a close knit family and their significant others over the course of a couple of years.

Hannah (Mia Farrow) is the oldest child of artistic parents. She's a successful, kind, and thoughtful actress, wife, and mother. She's basically the backbone of the family, who both hate and need her. Her two sisters, Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Lee (Barabra Hershey) are more aimless and resent her because of her stable and successful life, yet the rely on her for support so much that they couldn't possibly truly hate her. However, Hannah begins to realize that she's just as lost as the rest of the world when her life starts to unravel due to sibling rivalry and betrayal.

This movie has some really serious dramatic moments, but they are nicely balanced out by some terrifically funny stuff involving Woody's character- a hypochondriac in the TV industry who goes through existential and spiritual crises, There's humor with some of the other characters, but the bulk comes from Woody's Mickey. This film has it all: comedy, tragedy, pain, relief, laughs, and tears. It all works wonderfully and reeks of realism and experience. Simply put, this is some truly great writing.

The performances are also just terrific. The three ladies playing sisters have a great rapport together, Woody is great as usual doing his trademark shtick, Michael Caine (who, along with Wiest snagged an Oscar for his work here) is quite good as the husband to won sister who has an affair with one of the other two. Showing up in some nice supporting roles are Carrie Fisher and Max von Sydow, both of whom, despite being supporters, do a good job. I also enjoyed seeing Daniel Stern make a brief appearance, as well as Julie Kavner, who I think pretty much stole the few scenes she was in.

All in all, this is just an excellent study of human relations, and ranks pretty high as some of Allen's best work. In a way, this almost felt like light opera or super high art, only not as pretentious and more accessible. Even then this won't be for everyone, but if you give it a chance, there's bound to be something here for you to enjoy. Definitely give this one a go.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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