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Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

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  1. May 30, 2016
    6
    I am a massive fan of Woody Allen, because of Woody Allen's creativity and his hysterical characters however, i am not a fan of Woody Allen when he makes a melodramatic, not funny, romance movie about a love-hexagon starring a whole bunch of actors and giving himself a supporting-supporting role.

    I love his movies because of him, and ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' (1986) barely had Allen
    I am a massive fan of Woody Allen, because of Woody Allen's creativity and his hysterical characters however, i am not a fan of Woody Allen when he makes a melodramatic, not funny, romance movie about a love-hexagon starring a whole bunch of actors and giving himself a supporting-supporting role.

    I love his movies because of him, and ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' (1986) barely had Allen himself in it, and in fact, the only scenes i thorougly enjoyed were the scenes starring Allen. The rest really wasnt that interesting in my opinion, it's just a sappy romance movie about a love-hexagon between 6 people over 2 years, and it is not that funny, nor does it have any interesting characters, except Allen's and Max von Sydow's.

    All in all, ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' (1986) is a fine film, but i expected more from Allen. Some consider this one of his finest films, i consider it a big disappointment.

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  2. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    One of his finest films and definitely sports some of Woody's most poignant writing. Its three Oscars for Sir Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest and the screenplay are well deserved.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    9
    Hannah and Her Sisters is one of Woody Allen's greats, that's for sure. It's old-fashioned and quirky, much like his early work. The cast brings Allen's literary genius to new heights.
  4. Sep 3, 2012
    8
    It is a funny charming movie. The highlight is Woody Allen's character who is just a complete mess, but its great. it is charming and is a nice holiday movie, even though it really has nothing to do with the holiday season.
  5. JMH
    May 7, 2012
    10
    Woody Allen's magnificent Hannah and Her Sisters plays out like a novel on screen, parsed into chapters by white-on-black quotes, or snippets of dialog, that announce the beginning of each scene. The film's chapters tell intertwined stories of an extended family of Manhattanites, centered largely around Hannah (Mia Farrow), the oldest of three sisters, Hannah, Holly (Dianne Wiest), and LeeWoody Allen's magnificent Hannah and Her Sisters plays out like a novel on screen, parsed into chapters by white-on-black quotes, or snippets of dialog, that announce the beginning of each scene. The film's chapters tell intertwined stories of an extended family of Manhattanites, centered largely around Hannah (Mia Farrow), the oldest of three sisters, Hannah, Holly (Dianne Wiest), and Lee (Barbara Hershey). The stories link at three family Thanksgivings at Hannah's apartment, shared with her husband Elliot (Michael Caine), at the beginning, middle, and end of the film. Each story is distinguished by its own soundtrack, and sometimes by its own pace, look, and/or location. Hannah and Elliot have marriage troubles. Elliot's infatuated, and starts an affair, with Lee. Holly's aimless, trying and failing to find satisfaction, repeatedly, taking "solace" in a self-destructive drug habit. Alongside this mix is Mickey (Allen), who's learned he may have a brain tumor and finds himself on a quest to make meaning of life in the face of death. Each story provides a window into the complex decisions adults make -- whether right or wrong -- when confronted with circumstances they hardly apprehend. Allen treats right and wrong choices with the same degree of tolerance, and ultimately with a blind-but-necessary optimism -- a belief that, next time around, a person might just do better. The film's feats are numerous. Effortless mixing of drama and comedy. Thematic and personal bonds uniting seemingly disparate characters and stories. Crafty direction that juggles the pieces but fits them together. This is perhaps Allen's most richly acted film; it's certainly one of his most richly written. His assured storytelling and directing exhibit a marked maturation of his skills. Hannah and Her Sisters is a great, and now classic, film. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2011
    9
    This is one of Allen's most well-rounded movies, with the same depth of his earlier pictures, melded with a more romantic picture of this phase. It's a major accomplishment, not only as one of Allen's quirkiest comedies, but finally one of Allen's tributes where he realizes not to mimic his idol, but to take similarities and repackage them as his own.
  7. J.RyanG.
    May 29, 2005
    9
    There is so much material to work with here that one might be tempted to underestimate Woody Allen's vision as being a bit unfocused and indecisive. But consider a raucous family dinner, with all the brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, girlfriends, boyfriends, and children you can stomach. Before and after they sit down to eat, each of their lives run in different There is so much material to work with here that one might be tempted to underestimate Woody Allen's vision as being a bit unfocused and indecisive. But consider a raucous family dinner, with all the brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, girlfriends, boyfriends, and children you can stomach. Before and after they sit down to eat, each of their lives run in different directions, but at that meal one sees a poignant picture and gains such a clear perspective. Amidst the true-to-life plotlines that take their varying courses, it's the film's brief moments of unity and clarity that help all the subplots and supporting roles to make sense and to feel, indeed, quite necessary. Expand
  8. WalterS
    Oct 28, 2004
    10
    One of Woody Allen's best. Top notch performances all the way around! One of the greats! A great comedy, that is also dramatic, human and touching.
  9. PatC.,notYoonorMulroneycakes
    Jan 8, 2004
    7
    It's just Woody Allen. He's good in a chic neurotic sort of way, but his work consists of one story told 20 different ways. I recommend all versions. Some more than others, and this is one of the better ones, but I disclaim liability if you find any of them toxic. As therapy they are designed primarily for Woody Allen.
  10. YoonMinC.
    Sep 26, 2003
    7
    Allen's amiable recycling of Bergmanesque elements in New York intellectual setting has its share of laughter and pathos. But, it's essentially an artist playing it safe and repeating his past jokes and hangups, albeit with greater finesse. Best thing is Allen being goofy as Allen though other actors are all engaging enough.
  11. TheBrideOfGilbertMulroneycakes
    Jul 14, 2003
    10
    There's a hierarchy to Woody Allen's works. The third best is Manhattan. This is probably second to Annie Hall, by about 0.00000000000000001%. It's brilliant - a little darker than you may expect from Allen, but none the worse for it. Michael Caine - though not as good here as everyone says he is - is still bloody good, heading a cast playing completely out of their skins There's a hierarchy to Woody Allen's works. The third best is Manhattan. This is probably second to Annie Hall, by about 0.00000000000000001%. It's brilliant - a little darker than you may expect from Allen, but none the worse for it. Michael Caine - though not as good here as everyone says he is - is still bloody good, heading a cast playing completely out of their skins (well, except von Sydow, he could play Hamlet while looking the other way at something very interesting happening offstage, and still be brilliant). Hannah and her Sisters, then? It's marginally better than Manhattan, its on a par with Annie Hall. No home should be without one. Expand
  12. BryanZ.
    May 22, 2003
    10
    Perfect in every way. Amazing blend of hilarity, warmth and depth. One of the best movie endings ever. My favorite Woody Allen film.
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Film.com
    Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    There's a sense of ease and contentment to it that has never been so prominent in Allen's work before.
  2. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    Hannah and Her Sisters is old-fashioned in another sense: its plot has the elegant geometry of a Philip Barry play. [Feb 3, 1986]
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    100
    A joy to behold, a complex film that never loses either its sense of purpose or sense of humor. [7 February 1986, Friday, p.33]