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Hope Springs Reviews

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Frances Morton
August 23, 2012
Attempts to be a relatable chick flick for the gold card crowd, but the characters are so one-dimensional and cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
August 8, 2012
It was like watching a basketball game trying to focus on the point guard match-ups and the centers....but the story just wasn't something I bought all the way through; I was never convinced that Tommy Lee Jones' character could complete this journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
Sophie Haslett
Little White Lies
September 13, 2012
Mildly diverting, but far from either of its lead actors' best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
CJ Johnson
FILMINK (Australia)
August 23, 2012
A boring, depressing and inane look into a failing middle class marriage - that is unaided even by the class of its lead stars.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
These modest virtues are buried under such hard-sell devices as a manipulative muzak score and sitcom-style close-ups that disrupt the narrative momentum.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 7, 2012
Instead of creating complex, three-dimensional human beings, "Hope Springs" infantilizes the emotions and life experiences of older Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ed Gibbs
The National (UAE)
September 19, 2012
While it may feel familiar to some, such awkward home truths do not a great viewing experience make. Jones is bereft of charm, while Streep seems misplaced as his loyal wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 10, 2012
It's all a little depressing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kirk Honeycutt
August 6, 2012
Old pros Meryl Streep and Tommy Le Jones find moments for observant, revelatory acting but this 'comedy' lacks laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Nick Schager
Paste Magazine
August 8, 2012
A schizophrenic hybrid of tee-hee sex comedy and serious relationship drama, Hope Springs finds itself hopelessly adrift in a non-committal middle ground.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
August 18, 2012
The strong acting of the two leads is in service to a well-intentioned but very talky script ... and isn't nearly as entertaining as it would like to be.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
August 23, 2012
I reacted against it and they've got this adolescent attitude to sex that I found irritating too. Come on, grow up, guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 11, 2012
Great acting but Hope Springs drags to the point of seeming eternal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
August 23, 2012
A sense of well-executed blandness sets in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
Jones and Streep give likable enough performances as a humane monster and a human victim. But their characters never become more than that.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 8, 2012
An awkward cross between a domestic comedy and a marital tragedy that's laced with laughs, soggy with tears and burdened by a booming, blunt soundtrack that amplifies every narrative beat
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Medsker
August 7, 2012
How much you enjoy Hope Springs will depend largely on how much you enjoy watching old people have sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 8, 2012
It's about as uncomfortable as sitting through an interminable counseling session - involving two people you hardly know and don't much care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lorien Haynes
August 9, 2012
The movie is an unsatisfying combination of touching and excruciating, and a large part of the problem stems from Frankel's attempt to hammer such serious and sensitive subject matter into a half-hearted comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 13, 2012
Hope springs; but not without a witty, pithy script it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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