• Released
  • September 24, 1988
  • NR
  • Comedy
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High Hopes Synopsis
London widow (Edna Dore) has yuppie daughter and Marxist son (Philip Davis) .
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Washington Post

By Hal Hinson
Leigh has fashioned a limber style of political commentary that is part documentary, part cartoon and wholly novel in the movies.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
High Hopes is an alive and challenging film, one that throws our own assumptions and evasions back at us. Leigh sees his characters and...
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88

Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
Leigh is obviously a major talent of the English film resurgence, which may already have peaked but nonetheless offers hopes of its own....
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Never settling for mere irony, High Hopes becomes a small banner of sanity and good humor among the social ruins. Leigh never shies away...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
It's this balance of vivid performance and directorial detachment that allows Leigh to move freely between delicate sentiment and highly...
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80

Empire

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Despite its bleak locations, High Hopes is in fact very funny, with wonderful observations on life in the capital...and believable,...
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
High Hopes manages to be enjoyably whimsical without ever losing its cutting edge.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
The actors, many of whom are part of a loose Mike Leigh stock company, are miraculously deft at erasing that line between performing and...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
In High Hopes, Leigh regularly expresses love for the very people to whom he is putting the boot... As a satire, High Hopes is an esthetic...
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60

Variety

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Leigh builds a slight story intended to be a microcosm of today’s London.
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Rated NR