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Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)



Critic Consensus: Although not terribly focused, Hannah Takes the Stairs contains refreshing realism.

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American independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg's 2007 feature Hannah Takes the Stairs concerns Hannah (Greta Gerwig), a recent college graduate who spends one long, unsatisfying summer in the Windy City attempting to achieve romantic fulfillment in a seemingly endless series of relationships. Drifting in and out of infatuation, but never quite reaching satisfaction, Hannah begins to pose an emotional threat to herself and those around her. The picture co-stars filmmakers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Todd Rohal (The Guatemalan Handshake) as well as screenwriter Kent Osborne (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). Gerwig co-authored the script with Osborne and Swanberg. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Greta Gerwig
as Hannah
Todd Rohal
as Brian Duges
Tipper Newton
as Minnie
Ivan Albertson
as Stephen
Kevin Bewersdorf
as Guy Who Lays Down
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Critic Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (20)

It's never enough to establish any sensitivity or social pertinence beyond the trifling tiffs which are playing out on screen.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Joe Swanberg's film wears out its welcome about halfway through its 83 minutes.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[Director] Swanberg nails the inane fun of youth.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Chop off a star if you're not up for highly experimental cinema.

Full Review… | October 18, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

When it works, it works like a charm.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Seattle Times
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Perfectly encapsulates the slow-motion, frustrated feeling of early adulthood, when longing and inchoate desire easily outnumber actual transformative events and achievements.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

It starts to do something noteworthy but then gets stuck. It tries to rely on realism and does a great job a times But the interactions seem forced and unnatural too often. They did a great job with what appeared to be a minuscule budget.

Mad Martigan
Mad Martigan

Yey more Greta Gerwig nudity and no-direction plots! Actually not as bad as I expected, but has so much filler that by the time it gets to its surreal last shot you just want it to end. Thankfully humor (and the presence of Mark Duplass) goes a long way.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

Watching this film, I felt like it was one of the worst movies ever created. But looking back on it, it wasn't as bad as I made it out to be. Because at its heart was a true engaging story. If it hadn't been bogged down in tedious scenes it would have been a more-than-decent- film.

Dylan Raikar
Dylan Raikar

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