83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Hope Springs dares viewers to look closely at the remarkable sight of naked adult intimacy and its discontents.
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80

New York Daily News

By 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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By 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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By 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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

More comedic drama than midlife romantic comedy, rather literally titled Hope Springs holds few surprises but delivers plenty of warmth.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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."
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60

Movieline

Had the movie been made with two different lead actors, I surely believe the movie would have been unwatchable.
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50

Boston Globe

By 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.
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50

USA Today

By 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.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.