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Hello I Must Be Going (2012)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 5

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Selected as the opening night film for Sundance 2012, Hello I Must Be Going features acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey in her breakout role as Amy, a recent divorcée who seeks refuge in the suburban Connecticut home of her parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein). Demoralized and uncertain of her future, Amy begins an affair with a 19-year-old actor (Christopher Abbott) that jumpstarts her passion for life and helps her discover an independence and sense of purpose that she has missed for


Drama, Comedy

Sarah Koskoff

Feb 4, 2013


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"Hello I Must Be Going" is at once an intriguing character study and a refreshingly offbeat romance.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The movie's sharp-tongued and softhearted, a Sundance kind of film that mostly sidesteps generic Sundanceyness.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Sarah Koskoff's screenplay is flagrantly duplicitous, introducing the heroine as a self-pitying sloth, then trying to pass her off as likable by making nearly all the other characters drips, snobs, or unfeeling scolds.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Succeeds almost entirely on the strength of Melanie Lynskey's heartfelt and humorous performance in the lead role.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Sarah Koskoff's play-it-safe script and Louiso's heavy-handed direction combine to kill the potential of "Hello I Must Be Going."

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Lynskey lets us see, from deep within Amy's fog, an instinctual desire to please, and a sense of innocent wonderment at how she could possibly have gotten into such a mess.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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...a sincerely personal take on its subject matter, opting for three-dimensional leads and earned pathos over quirky character traits, cynical humor, or an invasively stylized visual approach.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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Lynskey imbues the self-doubting Amy with such lightness that she manages to make neediness appealing.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A fine and funny film balanced perfectly between heartbreak and uplift, anchored by a rich, superlative turn from Melanie Lynskey.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

I'm of two minds about Hello I Must Be Going. It's a slow-paced movie, and at times, too slow ... Yet the fine actors, especially the emotive-faced Melanie Lynskey and the restrained Blythe Danner, elevate the film well beyond its story line.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source:

Sharp writing and solid performances elevate this modest low-budget romance.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

The film is worth seeing for the performances, but the drama is a nonstarter.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Sharp enough to point out some compelling issues without pretending that it has all the answers.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's harmless, and there's really nothing outright awful about the movie, it just could have been so much better if the filmmakers thought outside of the Sundance box for this one.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

It has plenty of little moments for a great actress to shine. It's just not very deep, or particularly fresh.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The script's contrivances and the director's lax handling aren't enough to hold you.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Familiar messes that are somewhat too easily cleaned up.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye

[Lynskey] woefully underrated as an actress, for her work in Hello I Must Be Going is subtle and tender.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Hello I Must Be Going

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February 17, 2014

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In "Hello I Must Be Going," Amy(Melanie Lynskey) has been down in the dumps for the three months since her divorce. So much so, that she has not changed her T-shirt in that time. In response, her parents(Blythe Danner & John Rubinstein) want her very much to get something new for a party they are throwing. And the attempt nearly kills her. But at least Amy is feeling better for the party which has its upside like making out with 19-year old Jeremy(Christopher Abbott). Later, their relationship intensifies before Amy finds out she is the last person to know Jeremy is gay.

"Hello I Must Be Going" is a nice movie that sidesteps many a serious issue. Like instead of depression, the movie is about two people finding themselves after finding each other. While Jeremy is young enough to make things intriguing, he is old enough to keep the story out of Catherine Breillat territory. In any case, Melanie Lynskey makes for a pleasant enough lead in this amiable movie.
July 14, 2014
Walter M.

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Amy Minskey (Melanie Lynskey) has moved back home after her husband dumped her and is going through a rough patch. A twist on the May-December romance that really worked for this viewer. Ms Lynskey has a natural beauty and a style that invites sympathy as she tries to figure out how to move on without disappointing her parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein) any further. It was good to see Julie White again, as well. A good cast, fine performances and a deeply affecting story combined to make this a lovely diversion.
April 30, 2013
Mark Abell

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Amy (Lynskey) has spent the three months following her divorce holed up in her parents house, lazing around in a scruffy t-shirt while watching the films of the Marx brothers. Despite the best efforts of her increasingly frustrated mother (Danner) to get her back on her feet, Amy refuses to leave the house. When her lawyer father hosts a dinner in an attempt to secure a valuable client, Amy ends up making out with the nineteen year old son (Abbott) of one of the guests. Despite Amy's reservations, an awkward and secretive relationship develops between the two.
Ten years ago, director Louiso gave Philip Seymour Hoffman his first leading role with the warmly comic 'Love Liza'. His latest outing treads similar territory, with it's lead character struggling to cope with a newly acquired, and unwanted, singlehood, and could provide the breakout role for Lynsky. The New Zealand actress has been around for the last two decades, first appearing in Peter Jackson's 'Heavenly Creatures'. While her co-star from that film, Kate Winslet, went on to become a household name, Lynskey has had to settle for bit parts and a stint on TV's 'Two and a Half Men'. Here she proves she can carry a film herself with a performance both tragic and comic.
There's not a whole lot here you haven't seen before but Louiso and Lynskey manage to create a character that you just enjoy spending time with. In a way it's the antithesis of something like 'Young Adult' which opts for the easy route of creating a wretched lead. It's very easy for a screenwriter to create an unlikeable character, giving us one as charming as Amy is far more difficult. As her argumentative mother, Danner is equally impressive and the scenes between the two are the movie's best. 'Hello I Must Be Going' is a refreshingly non-judgmental take on the theme of May-to-December romances with yet another central performance shamefully overlooked by awards panels.
January 28, 2013
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