Hanging Up Reviews

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August 7, 2006
Three of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented actresses, Ryan, Keaton, and Kudrow, are totally wasted in this shamelessly sappy meller that bears the schmaltzy sensibility of Nora Ephorn, its inept producer and co-scripter even though Keaton is helmer
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March 19, 2002
January 1, 2000
The only possible excuse for the new film Hanging Up has to be that it looked great in a deal memo.
January 1, 2000
Shrill and unsettling.
January 1, 2000
A screenplay that reduces deep emotions into low-cal, risk-free hissy fits that can be settled with a misty-eyed hug.
January 1, 2000
The final scene shows the sisters laughing together, preparing a Thanksgiving feast and playfully throwing flour at each other. I felt like throwing something too, but I didn't have any tomatoes.
January 1, 2000
The script flips from hack sentimentality to sitcom shtick with predictable rhythms.
January 1, 2000
Ten minutes into it, you're making low moans. Fifteen minutes into it, you have plucked out all of your hair. Gone! You're bald, you're unhappy, and the movie's only just begun.
January 1, 2000
Too scattered and insubstantial to be as funny and moving as it could have been.
January 1, 2000
A decent, often entertaining yet ultimately disappointing film.
January 1, 2000
Sputters and skids into spoon-fed sentimentality.
January 1, 2000
Rarely comes to life.
January 1, 2000
It's hair that matters most here, and it's hair that rises above everything.
January 1, 2000
It doesn't help the cause of the picture that both its tone and thematic emphasis change abruptly in the final stretch.
January 1, 2000
At one point [Ryan] actually embraces a coffee vending machine as if it were a buoy in the rocky ocean of life. Is this a performance or a cry for a new script?
January 1, 2000
A depressing, trite and mawkishly Hollywood story about the death of a creepy old man and its effect on his spoiled grown-up daughters.
January 1, 2000
Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, and Keaton ... each is naturally funny and has superb timing.
January 1, 2000
The movie doesn't really want to be all that heartbreakingly true.
January 1, 2000
A smug, self-serving, charmless exercise in niche-marketed sentiment.
January 1, 2000
Too phony to be anything truly heartfelt.
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