Mildly diverting, but far from either of its lead actors' best.
| Original Score: 2/5
Hope springs; but not without a witty, pithy script it doesn't.
The film's strong points are its noble intentions and the nuanced performances by Streep and Lee Jones. But I'm not sure who will actually enjoy this movie.
As the couple try to rekindle the bedroom flame the note of cutesy comedy kicks in and the movie gets phonier and phonier.
When cinemas are stuffed with juvenile comedies it's a great treat to watch one that is aimed at grown-ups and treats its audience as such.
| Original Score: 4/5
In the end, of course, it comes down to the chemistry, and this relationship really does feel like one worth fighting for.
| Original Score: 3/5
When you have actors this good playing a married couple, how could anything go wrong?
| Original Score: 3/4
Emotionally engaging and brilliantly acted, this is a sharply observed relationship comedy-drama that deserves credit for sensitively tackling a subject that's surprisingly taboo in mainstream movies.
Streep and Jones are masters at subtext, conveying everything the lacklustre script and direction miss
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's not a laugh-out-loud comedy but one which entertains by virtue of the wry look, throwaway remark and the leads' peerless emotional authenticity.
Witty, heartbreaking and touching by turns, it's a great little film with a strong message, of not giving up on a relationship because that's the easy way out.
Streep is warm, and she's got the timing of a stand-up. Her performance demands you bat for her woman.
While Hope Springs doesn't pass up many opportunities for cheap laughs, it isn't relentlessly vulgar or cruel to its characters. There is an audience for it, possibly a substantial one.
| Original Score: 86/100
Very funny, it's also penetrating on the ravages of time on love and marriage and sweetly touching, but with abundantly incongruous randy content to heartily amuse.
You can do yourself a solid and save some money on future therapy sessions by letting Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell guide you.
| Original Score: 7/10
Fine turns from Streep and Jones bedrock this compassionate, quietly subversive drama.
Jones should be in line for an Oscar nomination; so should Taylor's script. So to Streep, though her sublime skill at underplaying Kay is not as grandly showy as the Academy seems to like in her work.
A grounded romantic drama about seniors, sex and the mortality of a long-standing marriage...a superbly performed, subdued and meticulously directed film.
"Hope Springs" works best in its minimalist moments, when there's only three (or fewer) actors onscreen, and they're all catching fire at the same time.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Attempts to be a relatable chick flick for the gold card crowd, but the characters are so one-dimensional and cliché.