Hugo Pool Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
May 1, 2013
I groaned my way through this black -- and blue -- romantic comedy and then decided I liked it.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2013
It's as if Downey Sr.'s irreverence and off-the-wall humor couldn't quite co-exist with the heartfelt tribute he intends to make here to his wife and her fellow Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis sufferers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 1, 2013
A sweet, winning diversion that meanders enjoyably on the strength of its laid-back charm.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 1, 2013
A series of strenuously oddball vignettes masquerading as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Hugo Pool, the first film in six years from former counterculture director Robert Downey sets new standards in wacko charmlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 20, 2007
What a mess.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 29, 2007
The best thing about this bizarre love story (follie de grandeur) between a female pool cleaner and immobile man in wheelchair is that it puts icon Robert Downey behind the camera after long absence; with some luck Patrick Dempsey should become a lead man
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 30, 2004
The bottom of the pool.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
Interesting -- but not riveting -- slice of life in Southern California.
| Original Score: 2/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Hugo Pool features an impressive collection of talent, including two of the best actors of their generation -- Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. Sadly, their talents are wasted in this muddled mix of romance and attempted satire.
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
The audience seems limited to the director's inner circle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Downey tries to re-create the loopy irreverence of Putney Swope in a '90s setting -- with little success.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
The picture features a choice ensemble of actors who are starved by the lack of a nourishing script and whose improvised quips and sallies fall far short of hilarity.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Robert Downey Sr directs this overly self-consciously "wacky" day-in-the-life comedy. Unfortunately, even with plenty of talent attached, the film goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Like David Mamet and relative newcomer Quentin Tarantino, Downey writes some of the best dialogue around, and his script sparkles with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Although this flighty comic allegory about love and death in contemporary Los Angeles is wildly overacted, with loose ends flying everywhere, it still conveys an antic poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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