• Unrated, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Anthony Byrne
    In Theaters:
    Nov 14, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 21, 2009
  • Strand Releasing

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How About You Reviews

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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While the movie is rather predictable and has a few moments that are just too heartwarming, there are scenes that are both moving and humorous.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2009
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Amiable but slight.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

December 14, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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How About You is based on a Maeve Binchy story about the residents of an Irish retirement home.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2008
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

I like Dublin in December, how about you?

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

November 25, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

How four angry, irritated, and frustrated senior citizens in a residential home are introduced to another way of being that proves to be transformative.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Never underestimate the value of slight but charming flicks like Anthony Bryne's How About You.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Anthony Byrne's lazy drama is insulting to just about everyone, including Maeve Binchy, who wrote the short story on which it was based.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A good scolding and a toke on a joint: that's all it takes to turn the curmudgeonly old folks in How About You into goofy pussycats.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2008
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

The latest in a long line of films featuring elderly folk as amusingly dotty old broads and bastards.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 14, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR
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The material is familiar way past the point of cliche, but these folks are thoroughbreds — and they, if not the material, are irresistible.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7.5/10

November 14, 2008
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Brings together a cast strutting their stuff, not as the dotage of second childhood but in the happiness of being alive at whatever age.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 13, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Nothing in How About You is the least bit surprising; the film hits its marks with dreary precision.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

November 13, 2008
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

Redgrave, O'Hara, Ackland, Fricker, and Staunton tear into their parts as though the Academy is still dispensing awards like a gumball machine to any actor who admits that old people can be bastards.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2008
Micah Towery
Slant Magazine

Though the film misses its chance to make a real commentary on our society's treatment of the elderly, as far as Christmas films go, you could do much worse.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 13, 2008
Anna King
Time Out New York
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Not even Vanessa Redgrave and Imelda Staunton can elicit a gasp out of the wheezing script.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

November 12, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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As the reigning inhabitant, Redgrave adopts the swanning gestures of Maggie Smith in this mild adaptation of a Maeve Binchy story. Other drama queens enjoying the opportunity to screech include Imelda Staunton, Brenda Fricker, and Joss Ackland.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

November 12, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Based on a short story by the great Irish writer Maeve Binchy, the film has structure, resonance and a welcome respect for well-delineated characters, beautifully observed by a distinguished cast.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 12, 2008
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Tackling the edgy topic of old age with extraordinary empathy and a veteran cast, it's an irreverent, sweetly exuberant exploration of loss - in all of its ramifications.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

November 10, 2008
Mark R. Leeper
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There is room for a simple, feel-good story in the holiday season and HOW ABOUT YOU fills the bill nicely. A good ensemble cast brings this adaptation of a Maeve Binchy short story to its amiable if predictable end.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

October 30, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Teeming with tremendous depth of feeling inhabiting these sassy seasoned seniors, and tempered with lifelong wisdom whether on or off screen, that declares in no uncertain terms, get used to it.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

October 29, 2008
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