Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)
Critic Consensus: Hello, My Name Is Doris is immeasurably elevated by Sally Field's remarkable performance in the title role, which overpowers a surfeit of stereotypical indie quirk.
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Critic Reviews for Hello, My Name is Doris
A sharp dramedy focusing on the romantic stirrings of a lonely office worker, played with considerable wit and verve by the 69-year-old Sally Field.
The best thing about Hello, My Name Is Doris is that nothing gets resolved in the expected movie fashion. The story will make you laugh, no question, but it will also make you deeply uncomfortable, and we mean that in the best way.
Field and director Michael Showalter (who also co-writes, with Laura Terruso) find humanity within the humour.
A winning comedy-drama built around one of cinema's most endearing leading ladies.
Showalter, whose 2005 romantic comedy "The Baxter" was similarly kindhearted, handles the material with tenderness and care, and never lets it devolve into meanness the way it might in the hands of another director.
Audience Reviews for Hello, My Name is Doris
Some of the best films of 2016 have been coming from smaller, more independent studios, and while that it usually the case each year, this year in particular needs all of the little gems it can get. It what has been a pretty dour year at the cinemas, films like Eddie the Eagle, Everybody Wants Some, and The Lobster were the true surprises. Sure, audiences received a fantastic film in the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War and were blown away by what Disney presented in The Jungle Book and Finding Dory, but they were too few and far between this year. Hello, My Name is Doris is a film that may not be for everyone, but it a great film nevertheless. Although it is not one of my favourites of the year, here is why it earns a glowing recommendation. Sally Field has been known for her elegance when it comes to the feature film world, but has also been known for starring in big blockbusters. Going somewhat out of her comfort zone, she is almost unrecognizable as this title character. After working a boring desk job for years, a new manager enters the company who is decades younger than her. Developing a very friendly and offbeat relationship with each other, this film becomes a wacky, yet believable romance film, that is one of the quirkiest films I have seen in years. Relying on the chemistry between Sally Field's portrayal of Doris and Max Greenfield's portrayal of John, audiences will either buy into their performances and end up loving this film, or they will feel the complete opposite. In my opinion, they could not have picked a better actress to portray the title character, as I found myself chuckling and smiling at almost every word she said. While I did not find myself immediately engaged at the beginning of this film, due to the very offbeat feel, I was able to adapt to the story at hand, solely due to the likeable leads. Having a woman in her early 70's falling for a man in his mid 30's is a bit of a stretch, but anything is possible when it comes to love. "Sometimes love makes you do crazy things." This is a quote in the film, which has been said for years and years by many people, but that is what I believe the message of this film is. No matter what age you are, love can trump all. These actors made you believe that a situation like this could be possible. That is where the films strong point exists. The idea of having an elderly woman partying with a young man in a club filled with techno music seems amusing enough right? Well, if you take that personality and have an actress like Sally Field give it all she has throughout the entire duration of the film, it will keep a very big smile on your face. This is also where I have a complaint. Although Sally Field gives arguably one of her best performances here, it also comes off as a bit excessive at times, and this is where I feel certain audiences members may be turned off, even if they are into the film. Her performance almost becomes a little too quirky, almost to appeal herself to the crowd that is her age. That is a minor issue, but it does linger throughout the film, annoying me on a few occasions. This is by no means groundbreaking, but the fact that I was delighted throughout the entire film definitely says something. I found myself becoming very much attached to the character of Doris, and felt that each and every side character was reacting and interacting with her as if this was a real person. There is very much a present realism surrounding this picture and although I have some issues with the film as a whole, it is just a joy to watch. The ending is definitely a conversation starter, but I thought it was perfect. I had a very good time watching Hello, My Name is Doris, and although I highly recommend it, it definitely is not for everyone.
Sally Field delivers an all-time great performance in Hello, My Name Is Doris, a film so utterly charming and sweet, it completely transcends its formulaic story. Doris is such a hilariously quirky but sympathetic protagonist, that were desperate for her to have this love she craves. Doris is someone who wants to feel young again but is limited in her senior state. She's undeniably a protagonist for the older movie watching crowd and they will embrace her. Max Greenfield is also charming in a deceptively one-note role, though he has to balance his ambiguity towards his and Doris's relationship, which Greenfield pulls off. Hello, My Name Is Doris deftly balances the comedy and drama in such a tight, neat package. Unfortunately, this lovely film has flown so far under the radar, Oscars aren't likely coming its way. A shame, because if anything, Sally Field needs recognition for this. Rating: 89
Wait, this was billed as a drama? That might be the 43rd funniest thing about this film. One of the best aspects of Rotten Tomatoes is that they place so much value on critics from newspaper and other print publications. One gets front row seats to view just how out of touch the critical community can be from standard cinema-goers and how little context most critics have for some films. Take for instance the fact that they thought that Michael Showalter (of Wet Hot American Summer and Stella) was genuinely trying to make a quirky, heartfelt dramedy about a lonely spinster finding love with a younger man. Anyone who has seen Showalter's more overt comedic work would know that he normally plays or writes unrealistically naïve characters dealing with clichéd interpersonal drama. Casting Field in this was absolutely perfect because she lends credibility to the notion that Showalter is genuinely interested in making an indie romance. The joke is on the critics though, and that IS the funniest thing about this film. The truth is that this film is a farce. It makes fun of several generations of Americans, it pokes fun at the traditional concept of love, it skewers the clichéd rom-com ploys to win someone's heart, and it draws a parallel between love and possessions. It also does this more effectively than the entire rom-com genre. I can't think of anything that I dislike about the film, so this is probably one of the best films I've seen this year. The weird thing is that if you weren't paying attention to its subtleties, you might be fooled into thinking it's serious. Luckily, the ending dashed any suspicion that it was.
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