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  • Summary: Hannah, a recent college graduate, spends a brutally hot Chicago summer falling in and out of love. As she struggles to find personal and professional fulfillment through various relationships with friends and coworkers, she risks leaving destruction in her wake. Working collaboratively withHannah, a recent college graduate, spends a brutally hot Chicago summer falling in and out of love. As she struggles to find personal and professional fulfillment through various relationships with friends and coworkers, she risks leaving destruction in her wake. Working collaboratively with his cast, which features several prominent independent filmmakers, Joe Swanberg follows up his previous efforts, "Kissing on the Mouth" and "LOL", with this delicate look at friendship, ambition, and the pursuit of happiness. [IFC Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    80
    What really elevates Hannah Takes the Stairs is the truly outstanding performance by Greta Gerwig.
  2. The film has no script; it goes from moment to moment unhurriedly.
  3. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    Intimacy is graphically portrayed, down to recurring moments in a bathtub, including a memorable duet trumpet rendition of “The 1812 Overture.” Chop off a star if you’re not up for highly experimental cinema.
  4. There's something to be said for cinema this perversely naturalistic.
  5. 70
    Like most of the men in the film, we would happily follow her anywhere.
  6. What defines the slacker-geek twentysomething men and women who wander through Joe Swanberg's too-hip-to-be-romantic comedy Hannah Takes the Stairsis that they treat their libidos as minor accessories -- only to stammer through every casual conversation as if they were on a first Internet date.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    30
    Has the unmistakable look and feel of a micro-budget indie produced for a small circle of friends, many of whom are listed in the credits.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. ShiT.
    Oct 5, 2007
    10
    We got ourselves some angry reviewers. We put our emotions about drugs, laziness and strangely enough being white get in the way of our We got ourselves some angry reviewers. We put our emotions about drugs, laziness and strangely enough being white get in the way of our review! I bet they are both the same person! No one ever agrees on the internet. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2012
    10
    This is actually one of the best films i've ever seen...
  3. JayH.
    Feb 7, 2008
    3
    Very low budget independent film, I suppose there is supposed to be some deep significance to the movie, but I was too bored to care about Very low budget independent film, I suppose there is supposed to be some deep significance to the movie, but I was too bored to care about what that might be. It seemed like a home movie to me, and not an interesting one at that. Expand
  4. WalterB
    Sep 26, 2007
    1
    Joe's review says it all. It takes seven writers to write something this bland and disgustingly white? Go back to your bongs and give Joe's review says it all. It takes seven writers to write something this bland and disgustingly white? Go back to your bongs and give the camera back to Bujalski. At least he writes his garbage alone. Expand
  5. JoeJ.
    Aug 24, 2007
    0
    This film is awful and entirely unrepresentative of our generation, unless of course we are all white, wealthy and unmotivated.
  6. PeterK.
    Apr 26, 2008
    0
    I thought Paris Hilton could not make movies until I saw this waste of time - now she seems like an Academy Award winner. Plotless, pointless I thought Paris Hilton could not make movies until I saw this waste of time - now she seems like an Academy Award winner. Plotless, pointless and banal - and hand-held filming to boot - Hannah Takes the Stairs is Cloverfield without the monster. Watch the trailer and save your time. Expand

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