Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. (Matthau's) is a truly magical performance: hilarious, unguarded and deeply touching.
  2. 68
    They make a believable trio of siblings, but not even their combined wit can lift this script above the maudlin.
  3. If you find her (Ryan) distinctive persona to be too irritatingly cute to bear, this mannered movie is likely to play like fingernails on a blackboard .
  4. A lame, glossy and disastrously misconceived film about three ditsy sisters dealing with the death of their horrible father.
  5. Imagine "King Lear" art-directed by Martha Stewart and you have Hanging Up.
  6. 63
    Ends up being more about her hair (Meg Ryan's) than anything else.
  7. 50
    More about continuing the legend of the irascible but lovable old man into the grave, if necessary.
  8. Keaton doesn't have quite enough filmmaking savvy to balance the story's heart-wrenching and smile-coaxing aspects.
  9. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    50
    Meg's as cute as ever, but empty Hanging Up never connects.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    A flimsy sister act.
  11. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    50
    Ryan gives her standard, likeable performance.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    40
    This is essentially a glib soap opera whose main characters are two-dimensional cliches used as clotheslines on which to hang sitcom-level jokes.
  13. It's hard to imagine anyone ---coming away from Hanging Up with any sense of revelation, soul-enlargement, or even the simple pleasure of a compelling tale well told.
  14. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    40
    It's hollow, forced and false.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    This is basically a movie about one neurotic woman and her neurotic L.A. life. .
  16. All the ingredients of a success--a stellar cast, a promising premise, a strong production team--but nothing comes together in satisfying fashion.
  17. 38
    This is about Meg. Only about Meg. Meg in the Middle.
  18. A chilly machine-tooled comedy.
  19. Father-daughter relationship lacks impact.
  20. Too screwy to be really funny.
  21. So drippy it really should be hung out to dry.
  22. 20
    That we are supposed to find something to admire in this callow crew is insufferable.
  23. 20
    So hackneyed and so condescending to its potential audience (adult women) that even Lifetime might hesitate before running it.
  24. Doesn't work as comedy or drama or anything in between.
  25. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    20
    Like people who compulsively giggle whenever they tell you bad news, the movie runs for cover in lame, comic shtick.
  26. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    20
    A shamelessly sappy family meller that bears the schmaltzy sensibility of Nora Ephron.
  27. Essentially an extended cutesy session.
  28. 20
    Not particularly sensitive or funny comedy-drama.
  29. There is not one honest moment, not ONE, in Hanging Up.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 5, 2014
    9
    I enjoy a lot this movie, because Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow. The music and the flashbacks was the best part of movie, Also i liked the screenplay, its not for an Oscar, just for fun. Full Review »