Film Threat

What really elevates Hannah Takes the Stairs is the truly outstanding performance by Greta Gerwig.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marrit Ingman
The film has no script; it goes from moment to moment unhurriedly.
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Chicago Tribune

Intimacy is graphically portrayed, down to recurring moments in a bathtub, including a memorable duet trumpet rendition of “The 1812 Overture.” Chop off a star if you’re not up for highly experimental cinema.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
How can a movie with such a charming cast (let's not forget Ry Russo-Young as Hannah's female roommate) and believable dialogue (seemingly taken from the actors' real lives) go wrong? It can't.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Shot with intentionally banal anti-style - minimal soundtrack music, found sound, jitter-cam - the movie achieves a wisdom that's bigger than it seems.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Though the dialogue feels improvised and honest, the movie is less honest in creating its world.
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L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
Like most of the men in the film, we would happily follow her anywhere.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
What defines the slacker-geek twentysomething men and women who wander through Joe Swanberg's too-hip-to-be-romantic comedy Hannah Takes the Stairsis that they treat their libidos as minor accessories -- only to stammer through every casual conversation as if they were on a first Internet date.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Though it has merit and is recommended for the curious and adventurous, Joe Swanberg's film wears out its welcome about halfway through its 83 minutes. I'd say it doesn't go anywhere, but that's the point of these movies.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The loose, rambling conversations that substitute for action might be more interesting if any of the characters were capable of real introspection. But they're so shallow and distracted they can't even manage sustained navel-gazing, which makes their so-called relationships profoundly uninteresting.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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