Hope Springs Reviews

  • The movie provides a master lesson in great American character acting, but viewers are also invited to just kick back and enjoy the fun of watching famous, aging movie stars pretend to have difficulties in the sack.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

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

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Hope Springs" is a minor miracle of a movie.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Hope Springs" panders with the clumsiness of grown-ups trying to do "Step Up" dance moves.

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

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

    Simon Abrams — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A surprise that sneaks up and moves you, "Hope Springs" has the courage of its awkwardness, and this is said admiringly in the spirit of the film, which is irony-free and unfashionably earnest.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's all a little depressing.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Though falling short of what might have been, Hope Springs must still be recommended as superior entertainment for card-carrying grown-ups.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The reason to see it is for Jones.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's gratifying to see a movie that doesn't have anything to do with superheroics or the end of the world, merely ordinary heroics of the human heart.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • 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. There are few actors whose body English is as eloquent.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Sometimes a serviceable story is elevated by a masterstroke of casting. In "Hope Springs," it's two masterstrokes.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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 hold their attention.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Thanks to tremendous performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep, "Hope Springs" is a charming film.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • For mature audiences who have forgotten how to smile, it takes up where The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel left off.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • An altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marriage.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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