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Theres an emotional violence to the first half thats striking and raw: Jones bullies Streep relentlessly, and seems almost entirely responsible for th ..
There are, not to worry, funny moments, charming moments, sweet fumblings.
Streep is warm, and shes got the timing of a stand up. Her performance demands you bat for her woman.
Frankel doesnt quite know how to handle the potential awkward comedy here, leaving some scenes like an aborted nooky session in a movie theater are le ..
A genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone a smart dramedy ..
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A schizophrenic hybrid of tee hee sex comedy and serious relationship drama, Hope Springs finds itself hopelessly adrift in a non committal middle gro ..
In the end, of course, it comes down to the chemistry, and this relationship really does feel like one worth fighting for.
Although you couldnt find two better actors, they seem to have more movie star chemistry than chemistry as a couple.
As the wife whose feelings are right on the surface and the husband whose are in a lockbox, Streep and Jones earned my empathy without asking for it. ..
Hope Springs becomes what Arnold fears ordering at the upscale diner in Great Hope Springs, Maine: comfort food whose flavor doesnt justify the price.
Rejecting modern filmmaking wholesale isnt just ignorant; its asinine.
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Yes, this is the fascinating stuff, a rare (in pop culture) look at the complex nature of the love sex equation when its too direct, when its too vagu ..
The Globe And Mail
This is neither an edgy comedy about marital woes nor a serious film about the slow deterioration of a marriage.
Hes not good at sharing his feelings, but Kay isnt good at speaking up when theres a problem, either.
Eric Ds Nider
He doesnt appear at all outside the therapy sessions, and the film is so focused on Jones and Streep, that theres not a single scene here where one of ..
Rogers Movie Nation
The seasoned performers have no problem making one believe in them and what theyre feeling. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
An altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marria ..
Jones and Streep give likable enough performances as a humane monster and a human victim. But their characters never become more than that.
Hope Springs has an exceptional command of martial nuance and an appreciation of annoyance, with all the studio shenanigans getting in the way of an e ..
On Dr. Felds couch, Streep and Jones are fantastic, as is the surprisingly serious Carell (who for once isnt playing the manic funnyman).
What could have been strained farce or, worse, geezer porn, morphs instead into a film of hilarious and heartfelt pleasures.
Emotionally engaging and brilliantly acted, this is a sharply observed relationship comedy drama that deserves credit for sensitively tackling a subje ..
Moreover, theres the hilarious, bold and witty screenplay by Vanessa Taylor.
Spirituality And Practice
Its 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 Spri ..
These modest virtues are buried under such hard sell devices as a manipulative muzak score and sitcom style close ups that disrupt the narrative momen ..
She doesnt play full out and that can seem like a diminution of her talent.
They dont touch, and they barely talk, and one day, Kay decides shes had enough.
So there isnt much real tension until a climactic sequence right at the end.
Shadows On The Wall
If even these stars cant elevate whats really second rate material, they can at least make it easy to take.
One Guys Opinion
A decidedly adult drama about love and sex, wherein the comedy is largely incidental.
Contrasting the cookie cutter rom com ad campaign, Hope Springs comes as a pleasant surprise: Vanessa Taylors screenplay is largely a subdued and thou ..
The therapy scenes are great, in the beginning: daringly long, drawn out, uncomfortable sequences.
The films strong points are its noble intentions and the nuanced performances by Streep and Lee Jones. But Im not sure who will actually enjoy this mo ..
A pleasing selection of pop standards predictably and unobjectionably underlines key plot points.
Hope Springs isnt a great film and doesnt take any chances, except with this casting decision.
Frankel, working from a script by Vanessa Taylor, doesnt break any new ground here.
But even the most talented Eagle Scouts cant do much when theyre rubbing together waterlogged sticks.
Heart warming, irreverent and uplifting, its a downright funny, feel good romantic comedy/drama for adults.
Refreshingly, David Frankel resists the temptation, directing his stars with a measured empathy that doesnt allow the sap to seep in.
When I say all the cheap gags have been cut out, thats not quite true.
Theres much here to enjoy, even if the incessant upbeat soundtrack and picture postcard locales add a slightly too jaunty sheen to three fine central ..
OK, you snobs who turned up your noses at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, try this piece of hackwork. Ugh.
When cinemas are stuffed with juvenile comedies its a great treat to watch one that is aimed at grown ups and treats its audience as such.
For mature audiences who have forgotten how to smile, it takes up where The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel left off.
The Bottom Line: However you slice it, Hope Springs is the funniest sex comedy youre likely to see this year, as well as an incredibly poignant film.
How much you enjoy Hope Springs will depend largely on how much you enjoy watching old people have sex.
Arnold cant bear being touched; hes locked tight as a safe, so they have to learn to put their arms around each other, which, all in all, doesnt seem ..
He doesnt want to give voice to anything that shouldve been left unsaid and cant be taken back, especially when it comes to his intimate life with Kay ..
Very funny, its also penetrating on the ravages of time on love and marriage and sweetly touching, but with abundantly incongruous randy content to he ..
First, the good news: here is a Hollywood movie for adults that deals fairly honestly with a relatable, real life situation...
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Who could resist a showdown between two such formidable stars, even when both (Jones does his sour, squinty thing) are coasting
Fine turns from Streep and Jones bedrock this compassionate, quietly subversive drama.
Even though its sometimes difficult to watch, Streep, Jones, and Carell sparkle. This should be rewarded as one of the best of the year. Taylor is a s ..
Instead, theres a weirdly riveting intensityand a palpable sense of privilegeto the way the movie takes us into squirmy private moments and focuses ne ..
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Here, hes blessed with a sensitive script by Vanessa Taylor, whos done notable television work on Game of Thrones and the underrated family dramas Eve ..
People will go to see this film for Streep. Its secret weapon is Jones.
The writing is sharp enough that the humor doesnt need to be forced.
It keeps undercutting itself by going for cheap laughs. It wants to be an adult film, but it obviously feels adults need constant, broad tickling to h ..
Arnold thinks this is the stupidest idea hes ever heard of and doesnt want to go but, in the end, he does.
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Hope Springs could have been unbearably schmaltzy or crude. Instead, in the hands of these expert actors and filmmakers, its a warm and wryly affectin ..
As Kay and Arnold lurch toward intimacy, the roles bring out a playful side seldom seen in Streep and practically never in Jones, his signature surlin ..
Tamp A Bay
The film feels too tentative, too reassuring theres a kind of timidity to Hope Springs that is both its strength and its weakness.
Parenthood had a very funny scene involving a vibrator, yet there isnt a person alive who thinks of that movie as raunchy.
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Just seeing this film might count as therapy for some married couples.
Streep and Jones are compulsively watchable we hang on every little movement and line reading because theres little to admire but their craft.
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So as long as youre aware watching Hope Springs is a little like being in therapy yourself and having the occasional laugh, youll find this film rewar ..
REVIEW Hope Springs Who: With Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell.
There arent nearly enough movies made these days about and catering to the AARP aged population, and even fewer still with the intelligence and insigh ..
Dustin Put Man
Director David Frankel delivers an honest portrait of a marriage that has reached a level of familiarity and complacency that is just as dangerous as ..
Two superb anchoring performances prevent if serving up a wallow too hard to swallow.
The film isnt one of those dumb comedies its really quite a serious and I thought extremely touching and intimate film, and the performances are quite ..
Steve Carrell doesnt have a well rounded character, but hes an effective catalyst, which is the intention.
Attempts to be a relatable chick flick for the gold card crowd, but the characters are so one dimensional and clich.
A thoughtful yet funny movie about how difficult it is for a married couple to maintain a close and sexy bond over the long haul. The pitch perfect ch ..
Carell might not have a single joke in the entire film, and he wisely doesnt strain for laughs.
...a refreshingly adult endeavor that benefits from its honest sensibilities and from the stellar performances of its leads.
A boring, depressing and inane look into a failing middle class marriage that is unaided even by the class of its lead stars.
A guy this cheap doesnt like being blackmailed into flying to Maine (They shot most of this in Connecticut).
Hollywood And Fine
While Hope Springs doesnt pass up many opportunities for cheap laughs, it isnt relentlessly vulgar or cruel to its characters.
Ar Kansas Online
The summer transfer window was one the craziest we have ever seen.Take a look at the most profitable transfers of ALL time.
As estranged bedfellows, Tommy Lee Jones (hes a little bit Harvard) and Meryl Streep (shes a little bit Yale) make great combatants in a rousing battl ..
Dirty Harry at his dirtiest isnt nearly as frightening as a stare down with Tommy Lee Jones.
Hilarious, bold, honest and witty. Meryl Streep sizzles. One of the smartest romantic comedies in years. It will go down as a classic.
Nyc Movie Guru
Hope Springs works best in its minimalist moments, when theres only three (or fewer) actors onscreen, and theyre all catching fire at the same time.
Hollywood simply doesnt make movies like this anymore and maybe it never did.
In this modern Hollywood age of crass humour and shallow feelings, Hope Springs old fashioned message of optimism and perseverance may be considered s ..
The screenplay doesnt dwell too long on it, but its mid point makes the gentle assertion that Kay not Arnold ended the couples sex life many years bef ..
Only an audience as constipated as these characters could mistake this lukewarm stream of pablum for a hard nugget of truth.
The emotionally closed off Arnold is fine with it (at least on the surface).
Not only are Streep and Jones a delight to watch on screen, but they are also easily the best things about Frankels film, which they end up rescuing.
Every bit as scrumptious as anticipated . . . an intimate peek into the life of a middle aged couple who have fallen into a rut of mediocrity and comp ..
An anxious world confronts the question: Can a Bourne again movie succeed without Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, without Bourne himself, and without a Ro ..
And for a film thats ostensibly billed at least as a comedy drama, theres very little comedy.
Manville: Oh dear, she needs to take a check, doesnt she Neeson: But being the professional I was, I went woof woof.
So this movie, written by Vanessa Taylor, plays it safe by studio standards wonder what an indie film version would look like Yet, strangely, this isn ..
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 misp ..
Hope Springs isnt an exciting movie, not remotelyits narrative arc revolves around getting a couple on the far side of middle age to resume conjugal r ..
All thats missing are commercials for estrogen cream and erectile dysfunction meds.
But here hes sharply nuancedthere is no sly wink or quick one liner.
With unnerving calm, Dr. Feld keeps touching that nerve then pounces on it.
Or Lando Weekly
It should have been this summers Julie & Julia or The Devil Wears Prada: a delightful Meryl Streep vehicle geared toward mature moviegoers seeking a r ..
Old pros Meryl Streep and Tommy Le Jones find moments for observant, revelatory acting but this comedy lacks laughs.
Honey Cutts Hollywood
This is a drama (not comedy) that is probably the most honest portrayal of therapy on film. If you are old, see this movie.
The Scorecard Review
Its not a laugh out loud comedy but one which entertains by virtue of the wry look, throwaway remark and the leads peerless emotional authenticity.
Director to Jones: Just be yourself. Works for me. Master class in acting from the two leads.
For all its good intentions...the film does not fight hard enough to rise above the emotions of the issue to explore real solutions.
It was like watching a basketball game trying to focus on the point guard match ups and the centers....but the story just wasnt something I bought all ..
Really, whod have thought theyd ever see a movie with Meryl Streep in it, where someone else does all the dramatic heavy lifting
The heart of the movie is about sacrificing pride and risking embarrassment in order serve a spouse in love.
Like a Hannah Montana movie, Hope Springs argues there are no romantic ills that a walk on the beach and a few pop songs on the soundtrack cant cure.
When you have actors this good playing a married couple, how could anything go wrong
Frankel downplays the sentiment and allows his stars to explore the more tragic nuances of their stereotypical roles.
Great acting but Hope Springs drags to the point of seeming eternal.
Tri City Herald
Arnold is horrified, and outraged, Arnold doesnt want to talk about his feelings.
Streep and Jones are pure magic. The fear, the longing, the tenderness of these characters are beautifully illuminated in performances of exquisite un ..
On the way to its sketchy conclusion, Hope Springs succeeds in making us think about what a good marriage is, and thats not nothing.
The movie is an unsatisfying combination of touching and excruciating, and a large part of the problem stems from Frankels attempt to hammer such seri ..
Instead of creating complex, three dimensional human beings, Hope Springs infantilizes the emotions and life experiences of older Americans.
Much like the marriage with which its concerned, the more Hope Springs tries to spice things up, the harder it becomes to enjoy. The moments when eith ..
The therapy in Maine with recommended intimacy exercises for a couple married 31 years will be found hysterically funny by some, embarrassing by other ..
The script treats its characters with respect. The relentless music is another matter entirely.
The result is an utterly beguiling and even moving experience, a romantic comedy aimed squarely at adults that doesnt waste any time pandering to youn ..
Frankel and Taylor dont entirely forego some sappiness in the films final moments.
You can do yourself a solid and save some money on future therapy sessions by letting Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell guide you.
Though falling short of what might have been, Hope Springs must still be recommended as superior entertainment for card carrying grown ups.
Where Hope Springs does work is in reminding us that life isnt about instant self gratification.
Streep and Joness acting is probably better than the films direction and script deserve, but, thanks to them, Hope Springs is tender, sad, funny and h ..
Wow. Just WOW is the best way to react to what Tommy Lee Jones is doing on screen.
The word for both Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones is simply courageous. The overarching theme of the movie is: Should people who are no longer young ..
Womens Voices For Change
Witty, heartbreaking and touching by turns, its a great little film with a strong message, of not giving up on a relationship because thats the easy w ..
But the strong acting of the two leads is in service to a well intentioned but very talky script by first time feature writer Vanessa Taylor and isnt ..
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If knowing the script doesnt rise to meet them causes hesitation, wait for the video.
If you bring that understanding and expectation to the film, then you cant be too surprised at the sanitised end result.
This would be a Lifetime movie with a lesser cast, and even with this amazing trio, it drags along with only the occasional moments of honest insight
Atlantic City Weekly
This dramedy offers a refreshingly honest and comedic look at an aging couple still trying to make their relationship work.
Absolutely not the comedy it implies, this mostly serious, very frank story is simplistic, even awkward, but captivates because of the leads.
Mounting a Cassavetes lite look at two people untangling decades of dysfunction is hard enough; attempting to blend it with an ill conceived Nancy Mey ..
Time Out Chicago
I have to say most people, including myself, prefer to watch a romance take place with a younger couple, but with these two seasoned and compelling ac ..
Felt the need for a lighter more cinematic touch with its delivery, a little more humour when suitable to sell the big scenes, but with less use of th ..
I wont reveal if these two adult learners rekindle the flame they thought was out long ago. But I will tell you this: I never thought seeing Meryl Str ..
Carell, if you can believe it, isnt here to spew a bunch of one liners and make us laugh.
Unlike the cloying contrivances of Its Complicated, Hope Springs is audacious in its commitment to subtle authenticity, never artificially upping the ..
This film is a terrific and welcome break from the loud and noisy films of the typical summer blockbuster.
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Somewhere along the line, what probably started out as a character study ended up as a wobbly drama that pushes some boundaries but eventually lets ev ..
Youre getting the picture this is a comedy, right At least thats what theyre selling you.
Hope Springs ultimately showcases two masters at the top of their game Streep and Jones.
That a Hollywood summer comedy starring two 60 year olds is the years most daring sex film is astounding. And also kind of sad.
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