• 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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Frances Morton

Attempts to be a relatable chick flick for the gold card crowd, but the characters are so one-dimensional and cliché.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

August 23, 2012
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

It was like watching a basketball game trying to focus on the point guard match-ups and the centers....but the story just wasn't something I bought all the way through; I was never convinced that Tommy Lee Jones' character could complete this journey.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 2.9/5

August 8, 2012
Sophie Haslett
Little White Lies

Mildly diverting, but far from either of its lead actors' best.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

September 13, 2012
CJ Johnson
FILMINK (Australia)

A boring, depressing and inane look into a failing middle class marriage - that is unaided even by the class of its lead stars.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

August 23, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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These modest virtues are buried under such hard-sell devices as a manipulative muzak score and sitcom-style close-ups that disrupt the narrative momentum.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 9, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Instead of creating complex, three-dimensional human beings, "Hope Springs" infantilizes the emotions and life experiences of older Americans.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

August 7, 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
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It's all a little depressing.

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

August 10, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

Old pros Meryl Streep and Tommy Le Jones find moments for observant, revelatory acting but this 'comedy' lacks laughs.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 4

August 6, 2012
Nick Schager
Paste Magazine

A schizophrenic hybrid of tee-hee sex comedy and serious relationship drama, Hope Springs finds itself hopelessly adrift in a non-committal middle ground.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

August 8, 2012
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

The strong acting of the two leads is in service to a well-intentioned but very talky script ... and isn't nearly as entertaining as it would like to be.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

August 18, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

I reacted against it and they've got this adolescent attitude to sex that I found irritating too. Come on, grow up, guys.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 23, 2012
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Great acting but Hope Springs drags to the point of seeming eternal.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2/5

August 11, 2012
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

A sense of well-executed blandness sets in.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 23, 2012
Simon Abrams
Village Voice
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Jones and Streep give likable enough performances as a humane monster and a human victim. But their characters never become more than that.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 7, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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An awkward cross between a domestic comedy and a marital tragedy that's laced with laughs, soggy with tears and burdened by a booming, blunt soundtrack that amplifies every narrative beat

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 8, 2012
David Medsker

How much you enjoy Hope Springs will depend largely on how much you enjoy watching old people have sex.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 7, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's about as uncomfortable as sitting through an interminable counseling session - involving two people you hardly know and don't much care about.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2012
Lorien Haynes

The movie is an unsatisfying combination of touching and excruciating, and a large part of the problem stems from Frankel's attempt to hammer such serious and sensitive subject matter into a half-hearted comedy.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

August 9, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Hope springs; but not without a witty, pithy script it doesn't.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 13, 2012
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