Hannah Takes the Stairs

2007

Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

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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

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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.

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

Chop off a star if you're not up for highly experimental cinema.

Oct 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

When it works, it works like a charm.

Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Perfectly encapsulates the slow-motion, frustrated feeling of early adulthood, when longing and inchoate desire easily outnumber actual transformative events and achievements.

Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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Very few of the characters were compelling enough to make the improvised, handheld, do-it-yourself style work. But Hannah is one of them.

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