The Hollars Reviews

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August 29, 2017
The Hollars fails but not miserably. It has its moments and its good intentions. So why doesn't it work?
August 18, 2017
[John] Krasinski is fortunate that he has the name recognition to try his hand at anything he wants, but maybe he shouldn't cast his net quite so wide.
March 6, 2017
A film that possesses a certain personality, given that it give its characters a force above the archetype they represent, but in the long run, it's not enough. [Full review in Spanish]
January 1, 2017
The Hollars does achieve occasional poignant moments, most of them due to Martindale's warm presence and the goodwill she inspires. But the other actors have little to work with.
October 5, 2016
Maybe there's a longer, more graceful earlier version out there. Maybe there's an earlier version of the screenplay that emphasizes authenticity over punchlines. But what's on screen feels like an overly cautious, watered-down final draft.
September 25, 2016
An agonizing exercise in indie quirk.
September 22, 2016
'The Hollars,' directed by and starring John Krasinski, fails to connect because it doesn't say anything that we haven't already heard.
September 22, 2016
The humor is often forced, the emotions are overwrought, and the swelling music cues lose even their minor emotional effectiveness after the third or fourth time.
September 22, 2016
If you were to buy a kit labeled "quirky independent movie," the assembled parts would look like The Hollars, in which a stellar cast is stranded in a clich-heavy family dramedy.
September 22, 2016
Rarely has family dysfunction on film been more dreadfully boring than in The Hollars.
September 22, 2016
Krasinski's heart was in the right place with his sophomore endeavor, but, like his character's hospitalized mother, his cranium just wasn't up to the task.
September 18, 2016
Hollar if you've heard this one before.
September 16, 2016
The Hollars pretends to be about big issues-life, death, family-but takes place in a universe so far removed from anyone's reality that it turns out to be more about bad writing and jokes that fall flat.
September 16, 2016
Its attractive cast are game for the loose material, but the script is so off-kilter that it fails to connect credibly with the viewer.
September 15, 2016
Like the omnipresent folk pop of its soundtrack, it's just doing a broad-strokes approximation of something more thoughtful, a Little Miss Sunshine without the character detail.
September 15, 2016
A standard-issue family reunion dramedy, The Hollars has several genuine moments of human interaction.
September 15, 2016
Krasinski, who also directed the film, may have spread himself too thin; there's a desperation about the closing scenes, cluttered as they are with bouncy pop songs on the soundtrack.
September 8, 2016
Opening with a promising first act comprising well-observed, edgy humor, the film ends with an overdose of treacle so syrupy, so pungent, it will unsettle the strongest tummy.
September 8, 2016
Features an array of characters that are immediately recognizable-unfortunately not from real life but from innumerable movies and TV series of the same sad sort. Despite the title it's certainly nothing to shout about.
September 7, 2016
The movie so eagerly touches on all the quadrants we've become accustomed to expect from Sundance-lite pictures that it starts to seem ridiculous.
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