Hannah Takes the Stairs


Hannah Takes the Stairs

Critics 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

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Critic Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (19)

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

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • There's only so much twentysomething navel-gazing one can listen to before wanting to slap some sense - and some fully formed sentences - into them all.

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • There is something teeth-grindingly cutesy about the whole thing, reaching epic levels of dippiness in the, ahem, nude trumpet-playing scenes. That makes it sound interesting, come to think of it, and perhaps it is.

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film meanders along in conversational style, encouraging improvisational realism but also the thought that maybe these middle-class characters, not quite slackers, are less interesting than they, or the director, think they are.

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • Joe Swanberg's film wears out its welcome about halfway through its 83 minutes.

    Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director] Swanberg nails the inane fun of youth.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

  • May 30, 2009
    shot on dv, and confined to rooms, a entertaining look at friendship and relationships, as a writer breaks up with boyfriend and then rather quickly hooks up with her writing partners, very down to earth acting, and situations, it works well, all actors are worth watching and do good work,
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2008
    Very few of the characters were compelling enough to make the improvised, handheld, do-it-yourself style work. But Hannah is one of them.
    Tom S Super Reviewer

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