• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Frankel
    In Theaters:
    Aug 8, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 4, 2012
  • Sony Pictures

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Hope Springs Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

Unlike the cloying contrivances of It's Complicated, Hope Springs is audacious in its commitment to subtle authenticity, never artificially upping the dramatic stakes but instead staying true to its small yet relatable story.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 25, 2013
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

As well-written as it is, with frank analysis of what can make a good marriage lose its spark over time, the film gets its emotional resonance from the heartfelt performances.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

July 17, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

This dramedy offers a refreshingly-honest and comedic look at an aging couple still trying to make their relationship work.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

As estranged bedfellows, Tommy Lee Jones (he's a little bit Harvard) and Meryl Streep (she's a little bit Yale) make great combatants in a rousing battle of the sexes.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B+

May 26, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a refreshingly adult endeavor that benefits from its honest sensibilities and from the stellar performances of its leads.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2013
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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Streep fans, I think you're going to enjoy this one. I know I did.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 8, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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The film, a rehab job on a beached marriage, displays the most tender respect, the most exquisite tact, and yet it would be completely unwatchable -- an outright embarrassment -- with any other actors than Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 8, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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It's tough to come up with new superlatives for Meryl Streep, but the 63-year-old actress delivers her most frankly sexual performance yet in Hope Springs.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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All that's missing are commercials for estrogen cream and erectile-dysfunction meds.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 8, 2013
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

Sure, there's some big, general things about common couples' problems that ring true, but Hope Springs is all posturing with very little believable character building.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 12, 2012
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Should this marriage be saved?

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

October 20, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Absolutely not the comedy it implies, this mostly serious, very frank story is simplistic, even awkward, but captivates because of the leads.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

October 5, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[D]azzlingly graceful as a narrative and brutally frank emotionally, while still also working as a piece of popcorn entertainment...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 27, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The National

While it may feel familiar to some, such awkward home truths do not a great viewing experience make. Jones is bereft of charm, while Streep seems misplaced as his loyal wife.

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Streep and Jones's acting is probably better than the film's direction and script deserve, but, thanks to them, Hope Springs is tender, sad, funny and honest.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

September 17, 2012
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered

Hope Springs is not an easy experience, but it is a tremendously rewarding one.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9.5/10

September 14, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Meryl Streep is always worth watching. That's a given.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Who could resist a showdown between two such formidable stars, even when both (Jones does his sour, squinty thing) are coasting?

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2012
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

People will go to see this film for Streep. Its secret weapon is Jones.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Funny and moving in equal measure.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 4/5

September 13, 2012
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