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How About You Reviews

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Micah Towery
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Anna King
Time Out
November 12, 2008
Not even Vanessa Redgrave and Imelda Staunton can elicit a gasp out of the wheezing script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: C+
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
November 14, 2008
The latest in a long line of films featuring elderly folk as amusingly dotty old broads and bastards.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 21, 2008
Comedic and sentimental beats are as predictable as the storytelling is sloppy.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 13, 2008
Nothing in How About You is the least bit surprising; the film hits its marks with dreary precision.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 14, 2008
Amiable but slight.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
November 25, 2008
I like Dublin in December, how about you?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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November 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
October 29, 2008
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.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 30, 2008
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
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
November 10, 2008
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 14, 2008
Never underestimate the value of slight but charming flicks like Anthony Bryne's How About You.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 12, 2008
How About You is based on a Maeve Binchy story about the residents of an Irish retirement home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 13, 2008
Brings together a cast strutting their stuff, not as the dotage of second childhood but in the happiness of being alive at whatever age.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 18, 2008
You know that warm glow that comes over you, when you're sitting by a crackling fire? That's how I felt watching this gentle and uplifting glimpse into the lives of four senior citizens battling against their own demons.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 4, 2011
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Film Ireland Magazine
October 18, 2008
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