Hateship Loveship (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Kristen Wiig's vibrant performance is almost worth the price of admission -- and it has to be, because Hateship Loveship doesn't have much else going for it.

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Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) is a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, complicated by the circumstances of that death for which her grandfather still blames her father, Ken (Guy Pearce), a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father, never dreaming of the potential harm to either party. Sabitha doesn't understand that Johanna is not a demure cut-out, but rather a woman for whom the phrase "still waters run deep" could have been coined. The young girl's interference provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own. (c) IFC
Rating:
R (for drug use, some sexuality and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Kristen Wiig
as Johanna Parry
Nick Nolte
as Mr. McCauley
Sami Gayle
as Edith
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Critic Reviews for Hateship Loveship

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (21)

Wiig's underplaying, a repressed otherworldly Sissy Spacek sort of thing, has its moments of humor, but this proud, simple woman is never for an instant comic.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It doesn't take long for us to get lost in Wiig's thorough portrayal of a dowdy housekeeper who must soldier on in the face of a cruel prank to find some kind of love in her life.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Arizona Republic
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Liza Johnson's nicely tuned, and turned, adaptation of the Alice Munro short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage."

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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We've never seen a protagonist quite like Johanna, who on the one hand personifies female self-abnegation at its most domesticated, but on the other embodies the sheer will at its most stubborn.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Short fiction can be a marvelous blueprint for film and revisiting Nobel Prize-winner Munro's story in this era of "catfishing" makes a lot of sense: People are no less desperate for connection than they ever have been.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Miami Herald
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The buttoned-up, buttoned-lipped Wiig seems to have landed in the Midwest from Mars, as though, like David Bowie before her, she's The Maid Who Fell to Earth

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Hateship Loveship

Not bad, bit of a chick flick. Light and easy story. Interesting story. Good characters and performances.

Mad Martigan
Mad Martigan

modest and toned down drama with good performances butt a story that is hard to be believed at least in the way it was told.

Kevin Brasher
Kevin Brasher

Takes an Alice Munro story and makes it a Sam Lipsyte one, undoing itself with an increasingly implausible plot and acting that's too understated.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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