Hope Springs Reviews

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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.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
September 11, 2012
Streep is warm, and she's got the timing of a stand-up. Her performance demands you bat for her woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 10, 2012
It's all a little depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 10, 2012
"Hope Springs" is a minor miracle of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 9, 2012
It's something like Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes From a Marriage," as translated into the universe of the Lifetime Network.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 9, 2012
A surprise that sneaks up and moves you, "Hope Springs" has the courage of its awkwardness, and this is said admiringly in the spirit of the film, which is irony-free and unfashionably earnest.
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Toronto Star
August 9, 2012
Somewhere along the line, what probably started out as a character study ended up as a wobbly drama that pushes some boundaries but eventually lets everyone off the emotional hook in favor of a smoothed-over happy ending.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 9, 2012
What could have been strained farce or, worse, geezer porn, morphs instead into a film of hilarious and heartfelt pleasures. It helps that director David Frankel has two of the best actors on the planet to raise the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2012
Yes, this is the fascinating stuff, a rare (in pop culture) look at the complex nature of the love-sex equation -- when it's too direct, when it's too vague, when it breaks down completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 9, 2012
If the film doesn't really explore the pain and bitterness of this marriage, it's still leagues ahead of most such attempts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
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.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 9, 2012
Director to Jones: "Just be yourself." Works for me. Master class in acting from the two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 9, 2012
Like a Hannah Montana movie, Hope Springs argues there are no romantic ills that a walk on the beach and a few pop songs on the soundtrack can't cure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 8, 2012
A genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone - a smart dramedy for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 8, 2012
For mature audiences who have forgotten how to smile, it takes up where The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel left off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 8, 2012
Hope Springs has the unusual distinction of providing a sample of what an Ingmar Bergman movie might be like if made for mass American consumption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 8, 2012
Hope Springs handles marriage and advanced-age sexuality with a refreshing, down-to-earth candor. In today's Hollywood, that counts as radical.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2012
Sometimes a serviceable story is elevated by a masterstroke of casting. In "Hope Springs," it's two masterstrokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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August 8, 2012
Contrasting the cookie-cutter rom-com ad campaign, Hope Springs comes as a pleasant surprise: Vanessa Taylor's screenplay is largely a subdued and thoughtful piece, a no-frills look at scenes from this marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 8, 2012
Both performers are enormous fun to watch; it's not often that either of them gets a co-star so well-matched to them (or that Jones is willing to do more than coast on a wince and a grumble).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2012
It's gratifying to see a movie that doesn't have anything to do with superheroics or the end of the world, merely ordinary heroics of the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 8, 2012
Hope Springs isn't an exciting movie, not remotely -- its narrative arc revolves around getting a couple on the far side of middle age to resume conjugal relations -- but I couldn't look away.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 8, 2012
"Hope Springs" panders with the clumsiness of grown-ups trying to do "Step Up" dance moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2012
The reason to see it is for Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2012
As the wife whose feelings are right on the surface and the husband whose are in a lockbox, Streep and Jones earned my empathy without asking for it. There are few actors whose body English is as eloquent.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 8, 2012
It keeps undercutting itself by going for cheap laughs. It wants to be an adult film, but it obviously feels adults need constant, broad tickling to hold their attention.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 8, 2012
"Hope Springs'' could have been unbearably schmaltzy or crude. Instead, in the hands of these expert actors and filmmakers, it's a warm and wryly affecting mid-summer treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2012
This well-considered look at a long marriage that has lost its spark proves that old love is as fraught as any teenage crush and sex never fades as a source of contention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 7, 2012
Hews closer to Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage than to a Lifetime movie.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 7, 2012
It's refreshing to see a film that treats intimacy among an older couple as something real and meaningful (usually it's a punch line), and Streep and Jones bring honesty and warmth to their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 7, 2012
Thanks to tremendous performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep, "Hope Springs" is a charming film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
August 7, 2012
It's going for the truth in people's lives and, for the most part, it finds it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 7, 2012
Sugar may help the medicine go down, but serving up the glucose in such goopy portions (especially when the elixir is the intriguing part) doesn't help anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
Jones and Streep give likable enough performances as a humane monster and a human victim. But their characters never become more than that.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
August 7, 2012
Though falling short of what might have been, Hope Springs must still be recommended as superior entertainment for card-carrying grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 7, 2012
Only an audience as constipated as these characters could mistake this lukewarm stream of pablum for a hard nugget of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 7, 2012
It will make you want to go home and have sex with your spouse afterward. Or at least share a longer hug or a more passionate kiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
August 6, 2012
Much like the marriage with which it's concerned, the more Hope Springs tries to spice things up, the harder it becomes to enjoy. The moments when either works, though, really ought to count for something.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2012
The movie provides a master lesson in great American character acting, but viewers are also invited to just kick back and enjoy the fun of watching famous, aging movie stars pretend to have difficulties in the sack.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 1, 2012
An altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marriage.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
August 1, 2012
More comedic drama than midlife romantic comedy, rather literally titled Hope Springs holds few surprises but delivers plenty of warmth.