Hope Floats Synopsis
A woman tries to cope with a public betrayal. Directed by Forest Whitaker.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This is a frustrating film that takes its cutesy title way too literally.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story is slow and corny, but Whitaker gives commendable dignity to his everyday characters, and the acting is emotionally strong as long...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A turgid melodrama with the emotional range of a sympathy card.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
An insipid, stillborn drama that drags its viewers through a ghetto of despair before finally, unexpectedly plopping them down in the midst...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The pond is so shallow in this wan romance that there's no room for anything to float.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Hope doesn't float in this film so much as it rises to the surface and then stagnates.
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40

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Hope may float, but this bore flounders beyond salvaging.
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40

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Director Forest Whitaker, who appears to have been typed as a female-friendly director in the wake of "Waitinh to Exhale's" runaway...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Floats is corny and false, with a script by Steven Rogers that's almost 100 percent artificial sweetener.
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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Redemptive drama ready made for family viewing.
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