• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Louiso
    In Theaters:
    Sep 7, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 4, 2013
  • Oscilloscope Pictures


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Hello I Must Be Going Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

...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.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

June 2, 2014
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: B

December 7, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Lynskey imbues the self-doubting Amy with such lightness that she manages to make neediness appealing.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B+

November 1, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Hello I Must Be Going" is at once an intriguing character study and a refreshingly offbeat romance.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie's sharp-tongued and softhearted, a Sundance kind of film that mostly sidesteps generic Sundanceyness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2012
Emily S. Mendel

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

October 2, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

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

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

September 28, 2012
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Succeeds almost entirely on the strength of Melanie Lynskey's heartfelt and humorous performance in the lead role.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 21, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Much credit goes here to Christopher Abbott, whose persuasive performance bridges the gap. He's like a living embodiment of the cliche, "I love you enough for the both of us."

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.6/10

September 14, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A funny, well-written, involving and emotionally honest tale.

Full Review Source: USA Today

September 13, 2012
Amanda Mae Meyncke
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While there are laughs and plenty of them sprinkled throughout, Hello I Must Be Going is predictably sweet and ends up exactly where you think it might, safe and sound.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A-

September 12, 2012
Dustin Putman

Carries with it a low-key transcendence, flourishing first and foremost through its lost and aching protagonist.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2012
Robert Levin

Bolstered by a terrific performance from Melanie Lynskey, who brings dignity and humor to what could have been a downbeat part.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 7, 2012
Dana Stevens
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I hope Hello, I Must Be Going will introduce many new viewers to Lynskey's charms, and that at least of a few of them will be casting directors.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 7, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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This isn't a new topic for independent films - ten years ago, Jake Gyllenhaal was the busy boy-toy in both "Lovely & Amazing" and "The Good Girl" - but this film handles it with fresh eyes, and a gentle approach.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2012
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