Hope Springs


Hope Springs

Critics Consensus

Led by a pair of mesmerizing performances from Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, Hope Springs offers filmgoers some grown-up laughs -- and a thoughtful look at mature relationships.



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Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough - the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place. -- (C) Sony


Steve Carell
as Doctor Feld
Ben Rappaport
as Brad, Their son
Jean Smart
as Eileen, Kay's friend
Marin Ireland
as Molly, Their Daughter
Patch Darragh
as Mark, Their Son-in-law
Brett Rice
as Vince, Arnold's Friend
Becky Ann Baker
as Cora, the Waitress
Elisabeth Shue
as Karen, the Bartender
Charles Techman
as Charlie, the Docent
Daniel Flaherty
as Danny, the Bookstore Clerk
Damian Young
as Mike, the Innkeeper
Mimi Rogers
as Carol, the Neighbor
Ann Harada
as Ann, the Happy Wife
Jack Haley
as Jack, the Happy Husband
Susan Misner
as Dana, Doctor Feld's Wife
Rony Clanton
as Ronnie, the Taxi Driver
John Srednicki
as John, the Waiter
Madeline Ruskin
as Maddie, Brad's Girlfriend
Lee Cunningham
as Lee, the Unhappy Wife
Paul Letersky
as Paul, the Unhappy Husband
Rogina Bedell-O'Brien
as Rogina, the exiting patient
Rogina Bedell
as O'Brien-Rogina, the Exiting Patient
Stephen Lee Davis
as Steve, the Grocery Shopper
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Critic Reviews for Hope Springs

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (130) | Rotten (42)

  • Streep fans, I think you're going to enjoy this one. I know I did.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Top Critic
  • The film, a rehab job on a beached marriage, displays the most tender respect, the most exquisite tact, and yet it would be completely unwatchable -- an outright embarrassment -- with any other actors than Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep.

    Jan 8, 2013

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • It's tough to come up with new superlatives for Meryl Streep, but the 63-year-old actress delivers her most frankly sexual performance yet in Hope Springs.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • All that's missing are commercials for estrogen cream and erectile-dysfunction meds.

    Jan 8, 2013
  • People will go to see this film for Streep. Its secret weapon is Jones.

    Sep 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Mildly diverting, but far from either of its lead actors' best.

    Sep 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hope Springs

  • Jul 09, 2014
    Great chemistry between all three leads and it's nice to see a film trying to take it's subject matter seriously. That's not to say that there isn't humour here but no-one plays anything for laughs. You can't help but egg the couple on as they try to save their marriage and although some couples may find this a bit close to home it's a lovely film.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2014
    In "Hope Springs," Kay(Meryl Streep, who is not acting anymore but imitating) and Arnold(Tommy Lee Jones, who ranges here from growly to slightly less constipated), an accountant, have had their marriage stagnate over the past 31 years, living in Nebraska. Seeing some hope, Kay picks up a self-help book at random. Agreeing with what Dr. Feld(Steve Carell) is saying, she books a one week intensive therapy session for her and her husband with him in Maine, despite the fact that anybody who has ever read a Stephen King book could have told her that only bad things happen there. "Hope Springs" is a tone deaf bit of wish fulfillment that proves once and for all that if Elisbeth Shue is the best thing about a movie, then somebody should definitely hand in their filmmaking license. In trying to be an intimate movie about repairing a marriage, the movie unleashes two huge Hollywood presences who overwhelm everything else. That's not to mention the scenes which should be touching that just end up being deeply uncomfortable to watch. In the end, since all good things come to an end, maybe we should not mourn when a dying marriage ends, thus allowing one person to find happiness and the other to find a golf tournament on television to watch.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2013
    Ordinary but well-intentioned and very well acted drama. The focus on a couple re-kindling their sex life after many years of marriage is unusual for a mainstream US product, though the plot turns are predictable and the outcome is sometimes ickily sentimental. Not awful.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2013
    Nice. Enjoyable. Touching. Not to be viewed as a Romantic Comedy, though..it is a drama, with maybe 1 or 2 minor chuckles. I found it very true to life. Meryl Streep, and Tommy Lee Jones, did a completely believable job.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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