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Hope Springs

Romance . Comedy . Drama

After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

Actors: Anita Storr , Patch Darragh , Danny Flaherty , Susan Misner , Ben Rappaport , Marin Ireland , Jean Smart , Tommy Lee Jones , Steve Carell , Meryl Streep
Directors: David Frankel
Country: USA
Release: 2012-08-08
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  • Rex Reed

    I think everything about the movie is too subtle and real to appeal to the "Batman" demographic, but for mature audiences who have forgotten how to smile, it takes up where "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' left off.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Taylor and Frankel go too broad when they try for comic relief - and the on-the-nose soundtrack is borderline criminal - but Hope Springs handles marriage and advanced-age sexuality with a refreshing, down-to-earth candor. In today's Hollywood, that counts as radical.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Hope Springs dares viewers to look closely at the remarkable sight of naked adult intimacy and its discontents.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Very funny, it's also penetrating on the ravages of time on love and marriage and sweetly touching, but with abundantly incongruous randy content to heartily amuse.

    Empire Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Hope Springs is an oddly ambitious blend of bland humor and startling insight into the realities of married life. It's something like Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes From a Marriage," as translated into the universe of the Lifetime Network. Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    If you're not in that demographic, don't dismiss it. You'll miss out on a genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone - a smart dramedy for grown-ups.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    An unusually intelligent cut at the relationship game.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Deftly veering from comedy to drama, director David Frankel (who also guided Streep to one of her 17 Oscar nominations in "The Devil Wears Prada") never loses sight of the humanity and universality of the situation.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Hope Springs is an altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marriage.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Hope Springs knows happy endings are provisional. What this exuberant gift of a movie offers Kay and Arnold is a renewed appetite for life. And that never gets old.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Tonally, Hope Springs is closer to Alexander Payne than Meyers although Frankel does his best to keep things from turning too dark.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Yes, this is the fascinating stuff, a rare (in pop culture) look at the complex nature of the love-sex equation – when it's too direct, when it's too vague, when it breaks down completely.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If the film doesn't really explore the pain and bitterness of this marriage, it's still leagues ahead of most such attempts.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Hope Springs could have been unbearably schmaltzy or crude. Instead, in the hands of these expert actors and filmmakers, it's a warm and wryly affecting mid-summer treat.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Hope Springs is a minor miracle of a movie. Within a Hollywood tradition accustomed to treating sex as something titillating, taboo, gauzily idealized or downright pornographic, finally someone has made a movie that treats it in the riskiest way possible: as the physical expression of intimacy between two flawed but recognizable adults.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's not much of a comedy - even Steve Carell, as the therapist, plays it straight here. But it's very effective as a cautionary tale.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    As Kay and Arnold struggle to reconnect, Hope Springs stays close to the task at hand. The characters aren't fabulously dimensional, but the actors are.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The reason to see it is for Jones. This man who can stride fearlessly through roles requiring strong, determined men, this actor who can seem in complete control, finds a character here who seems unlike any other he has played and plays it bravely.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    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 surliness melting into disarming smiles and tenderness.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The movie perseveres with affecting, sometimes startling candor, and eventually delivers on its promise by confronting the dark fears and furtive hopes of a couple no longer young.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    I don't want to scare anyone away, but Hope Springs, better than I expected, is a movie for grown ups that seems just the tiniest bit French.

    Time Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A charming film. Not a great one, but a good one.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    More comedic drama than midlife romantic comedy, rather literally titled Hope Springs holds few surprises but delivers plenty of warmth.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    It takes an almost bracingly explicit attitude toward issues of sexual intimacy, to the degree that just seeing this film might count as therapy for some married couples. The PG-13 rating is justified, and should be taken literally, though I can't imagine too many parents bringing their kids to this one. Talk about an awkward car ride home. 

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    In a media landscape that only has eyes for the sex lives of nubile young things, Hope Springs' sincere, considered, and unembarrassed exploration of mature sexuality marks a welcome exception.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Rather than plunge into the murky marital waters of ambivalence and power struggle, the film bobs on the surface. No one would ever mistake David Frankel's dramedy of sexual healing for Ingmar Bergman's psychologically astute "Scenes From a Marriage."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    A decidedly adult drama about love and sex, wherein the comedy is largely incidental.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ellen E. Jones

    Fine turns from Streep and Jones bedrock this compassionate, quietly subversive drama.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Lorien Haynes

    Had the movie been made with two different lead actors, I surely believe the movie would have been unwatchable.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Billed as a dramatic comedy, and it lives up to that billing, even if it tends more toward chuckles than guffaws. In other words, one thing it's not is "It's Complicated," Streep's previous -- and often riotous -- relationship dramedy.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Streep and Jones make themselves small: She's chirpy; he's crusty. Incessant pop standards on the soundtrack supply the emotion the director can't. All that's missing are commercials for estrogen cream and erectile-dysfunction meds.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The movie is oddly impersonal - you remember the concept more than the story - and feels like something that was made simply for the opportunity to pair Streep and Jones for the first time.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The movie is 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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's about as uncomfortable as sitting through an interminable counseling session - involving two people you hardly know and don't much care about.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mark Feeney

    You feel embarrassed for Streep and Jones (Streep especially) because of the situations, often sexual, they're put in. They're definitely not mailing in their performances.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    Jones and Streep give likable enough performances as a humane monster and a human victim. But their characters never become more than that.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    People over 60 are as sexual and complicated as their grandchildren, and there ought to be more movies about them, but only an audience as constipated as these characters could mistake this lukewarm stream of pablum for a hard nugget of truth.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    As the couple try to rekindle the bedroom flame the note of cutesy comedy kicks in and the movie gets phonier and phonier.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • David Fear

    When the sing-song Jones and beatifically smiling Streep are allowed to carry the dramatic weight, you can see the raw, tough-love film that Hope Springs wants to be - until Frankel starts trying to be lighthearted and cute, at which point you see the movie's real troubled marriage in full bloom.

    Time Out New York Full Review
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