Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)



Critic Consensus: Although not terribly focused, Hannah Takes the Stairs contains refreshing realism.

Movie Info

American independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg's 2007 feature Hannah Takes the Stairs concerns Hannah (Greta Gerwig), a recent college graduate who spends one long, unsatisfying summer in the Windy City attempting to achieve romantic fulfillment in a seemingly endless series of relationships. Drifting in and out of infatuation, but never quite reaching satisfaction, Hannah begins to pose an emotional threat to herself and those around her. The picture co-stars filmmakers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Swanberg, Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne
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On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20)

It's never enough to establish any sensitivity or social pertinence beyond the trifling tiffs which are playing out on screen.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Time Out
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Joe Swanberg's film wears out its welcome about halfway through its 83 minutes.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Director] Swanberg nails the inane fun of youth.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Chop off a star if you're not up for highly experimental cinema.

Full Review… | October 18, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

When it works, it works like a charm.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Seattle Times
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Perfectly encapsulates the slow-motion, frustrated feeling of early adulthood, when longing and inchoate desire easily outnumber actual transformative events and achievements.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

Very few of the characters were compelling enough to make the improvised, handheld, do-it-yourself style work. But Hannah is one of them.

Tom S.

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