Hateship Loveship Reviews

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May 1, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
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.
April 25, 2014
Liza Johnson's nicely tuned, and turned, adaptation of the Alice Munro short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage."
April 24, 2014
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.
April 24, 2014
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.
April 18, 2014
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
April 17, 2014
"Kristen Wiig's performance in "Hateship Loveship" is so beautifully muted it takes a while to appreciate the loveliness of the notes she's hitting."
April 17, 2014
Rather than sifting through the emotional layers of a surprisingly determined young woman, more often the scenes feel drained of life.
April 17, 2014
The people on screen are all worth watching, as is Johnson's directorial career.
April 17, 2014
This jumbled drama gets decent mileage out of actress Kristen Wiig but is hindered by a subpar script that fails to translate Munro's characterizations and intricate plotting to the screen.
April 14, 2014
What's supposed to be guileless and unformed starts to feel like shtick.
April 11, 2014
This is a movie in which our worst pulp expectations are constantly being upended.
April 11, 2014
Watching Kristen Wiig's lived-in and alive performance as this blunt, practical, and yet totally innocent woman is to be in the presence of something very very special.
April 11, 2014
When a script can't give even a drugged-out Jennifer Jason Leigh a tasty scene to chew on, it's playing just a little too nice.
April 10, 2014
It's amazing how much this film does accomplish, given its modesty of both means and scale.
April 10, 2014
I hope this is Wiig's last sad-sack turn; it seems a waste to ignore those comic chops in the pursuit of this sort of Serious Acting.
April 10, 2014
Too bad "blahship" isn't an option. Because that sums it up.
April 10, 2014
An absorbing, messy, modest story of damaged relationships.
April 10, 2014
A preposterous wish-fulfillment fantasy with an enormous void at its center.
April 7, 2014
Kristin Wiig's turn as a dowdy caretaker is the highlight of this contemporary American take on Cinderella.
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