Hope Springs Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This dramedy offers a refreshingly-honest and comedic look at an aging couple still trying to make their relationship work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 10, 2013
...a refreshingly adult endeavor that benefits from its honest sensibilities and from the stellar performances of its leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 8, 2013
Streep fans, I think you're going to enjoy this one. I know I did.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 8, 2013
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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 8, 2013
All that's missing are commercials for estrogen cream and erectile-dysfunction meds.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
December 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
Should this marriage be saved?
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012
Absolutely not the comedy it implies, this mostly serious, very frank story is simplistic, even awkward, but captivates because of the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: B
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 27, 2012
[D]azzlingly graceful as a narrative and brutally frank emotionally, while still also working as a piece of popcorn entertainment...
Ed Gibbs
The National
September 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 17, 2012
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.
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
September 14, 2012
Hope Springs is not an easy experience, but it is a tremendously rewarding one.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 14, 2012
Meryl Streep is always worth watching. That's a given.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 14, 2012
Who could resist a showdown between two such formidable stars, even when both (Jones does his sour, squinty thing) are coasting?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
September 14, 2012
People will go to see this film for Streep. Its secret weapon is Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
September 13, 2012
Funny and moving in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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