Hampstead Reviews

  • Sep 15, 2019

    A gentle and charming tale based on a true story & also a paean to a special place and the people that enhance it (I may be biased, it's my birthplace & I still love it.)

    A gentle and charming tale based on a true story & also a paean to a special place and the people that enhance it (I may be biased, it's my birthplace & I still love it.)

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Keaton's botoxed face seems incapable of any expression, and her performances lack any emotional depth. There's clearly no chemistry between her and Gleeson, so scenes which should be full of passion and anguish are flatter than her chemically restrained forehead. It's a sweet enough story, but weakly told. However the film trots along at a watchable pace and is saved from complete oblivion by a strong performance from Gleeson and excellent support from some fine British actors including Lesley Manville, Simon Callow and Philip Davies.

    Keaton's botoxed face seems incapable of any expression, and her performances lack any emotional depth. There's clearly no chemistry between her and Gleeson, so scenes which should be full of passion and anguish are flatter than her chemically restrained forehead. It's a sweet enough story, but weakly told. However the film trots along at a watchable pace and is saved from complete oblivion by a strong performance from Gleeson and excellent support from some fine British actors including Lesley Manville, Simon Callow and Philip Davies.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    This rather felt like some inspiration had come from The Lady In The Van, with Maggie Smith. And touches of R.Curtis's work too. But Mr Curtis would have done a better job, of that I'm pretty certain. At too many points is credibility stretched too far here, with the initial setting of the first anniversary-widow Keaton getting into financial quicksand while simultaneously meeting - and liking too deeply and much too fast for that initial cred to survive - a chap who's essentially a tramp, living "rough" in a nailed-together shack of sorts in woodland across the road. Such a lady just wouldn't have done so. And he transformed from a solitary tramp-curmudgeon to a mostly-reasonable-and-educated willing converstationalist, conveniently not smelly and begrimed. They leapfrog into bed in her flat's attic, while she fends off a comedically-randy accountant, there's placards to stop a developer from building on the plot where the tramp has his shack - and from that point on, there was only one way for this thing to go without suddenly going off the rails it'd forged during the flick's first half. Allegedly based on factual happenings in Hampstead concerning a tramp's successful legal battle with big finance, they just wove too many layers that stretched one's intelligence much too thinly. It just would have never progressed in the way shown here. The plot is saved to some extent by some characterful roles from the peripheral cast, but the damage was too extensive for them to save this unfortunate outing. Keaton's capable for better than this (was she present to key into American backing - since it's popularly supposed that unless there's an American biggish name in the cast, no US finance will be made available?) About American stupidities such as that - nothing would surprise me... Because of the supporting cast's efforts, three stars awarded.

    This rather felt like some inspiration had come from The Lady In The Van, with Maggie Smith. And touches of R.Curtis's work too. But Mr Curtis would have done a better job, of that I'm pretty certain. At too many points is credibility stretched too far here, with the initial setting of the first anniversary-widow Keaton getting into financial quicksand while simultaneously meeting - and liking too deeply and much too fast for that initial cred to survive - a chap who's essentially a tramp, living "rough" in a nailed-together shack of sorts in woodland across the road. Such a lady just wouldn't have done so. And he transformed from a solitary tramp-curmudgeon to a mostly-reasonable-and-educated willing converstationalist, conveniently not smelly and begrimed. They leapfrog into bed in her flat's attic, while she fends off a comedically-randy accountant, there's placards to stop a developer from building on the plot where the tramp has his shack - and from that point on, there was only one way for this thing to go without suddenly going off the rails it'd forged during the flick's first half. Allegedly based on factual happenings in Hampstead concerning a tramp's successful legal battle with big finance, they just wove too many layers that stretched one's intelligence much too thinly. It just would have never progressed in the way shown here. The plot is saved to some extent by some characterful roles from the peripheral cast, but the damage was too extensive for them to save this unfortunate outing. Keaton's capable for better than this (was she present to key into American backing - since it's popularly supposed that unless there's an American biggish name in the cast, no US finance will be made available?) About American stupidities such as that - nothing would surprise me... Because of the supporting cast's efforts, three stars awarded.

  • Susan C
    Aug 02, 2019

    Good story, good laughs. Not a typical rom com aimed at the 20-somethings, had some substance.

    Good story, good laughs. Not a typical rom com aimed at the 20-somethings, had some substance.

  • Jul 28, 2019

    Great movie, the actors and London are superb.

    Great movie, the actors and London are superb.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    Loved This Movie! Romantic duo with lots of twists and turns. Many surprises in the story with well cast actors. Every character immerses you deeper into the story until you sense that you are in the midst of it. A very well done film. [Spoiler Alert] I found all of my rising hopes in the developing story to be dashed, then raised again like the Phoenix.

    Loved This Movie! Romantic duo with lots of twists and turns. Many surprises in the story with well cast actors. Every character immerses you deeper into the story until you sense that you are in the midst of it. A very well done film. [Spoiler Alert] I found all of my rising hopes in the developing story to be dashed, then raised again like the Phoenix.

  • Fran
    Jun 23, 2019

    Painfully slow movie.

    Painfully slow movie.

  • Jun 17, 2019

    A nice enough fairytale told in real time London with Diane Keaton playing herself and a curmudgeonly Gleeson as a man no real Woman could learn to love, but she does. The plot is Rom-com and the sets and scenery are full Of charm, but the script needs a good dusting off before it would have been ready for prime time.

    A nice enough fairytale told in real time London with Diane Keaton playing herself and a curmudgeonly Gleeson as a man no real Woman could learn to love, but she does. The plot is Rom-com and the sets and scenery are full Of charm, but the script needs a good dusting off before it would have been ready for prime time.

  • Apr 29, 2019

    Boing and bland, Keaton was good though

    Boing and bland, Keaton was good though

  • Jul 21, 2018

    Boring and predictable

    Boring and predictable