Hateship Loveship

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  • Summary: Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig), a quiet caregiver, starts a new job working for an elderly Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his teenage granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). A cruel trick by Sabitha lands Johanna in an awkward one-way relationship with Ken (Guy Pearce), Sabitha's estrangedJohanna Parry (Kristen Wiig), a quiet caregiver, starts a new job working for an elderly Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his teenage granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). A cruel trick by Sabitha lands Johanna in an awkward one-way relationship with Ken (Guy Pearce), Sabitha's estranged father but her newfound ambition and desire gives her courage to transform her awkward doom into real contentment. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Apr 11, 2014
    100
    Watching Kristen Wiig's lived-in and alive performance as this blunt, practical, and yet totally innocent woman is to be in the presence of something very very special.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Apr 11, 2014
    80
    The revelation of Hateship Loveship is the casting of Kristen Wiig, who effortlessly makes the shift from comedian to straight dramatic actress in a role full of potential ego traps that she never falls into.
  3. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Apr 24, 2014
    75
    We may not understand her, this strange, solitary woman, but we know in our bones her desire for a place in the world.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 14, 2014
    60
    The film’s beauty lies in its carefully observed details and the larger story’s got nowhere particularly surprising to go.
  5. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Apr 15, 2014
    50
    Hateship, Loveship suffers due to its dedication to an oddly unsettling type of earnestness.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 9, 2014
    50
    This particular character is so thinly written, and so aggressively nondescript, that it’s just a terrible fit for her(Wiig), resulting in a preposterous wish-fulfillment fantasy with an enormous void at its center.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 6, 2014
    38
    It ultimately offers little more than another opportunity for famous actors to indulge their fetishistic, inadvertently condescending impressions of "everyday" people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 14, 2015
    8
    Given the absolute crap that's in our theaters these days I found this movie to be refreshing. I can't tell you how many movies I've walkedGiven the absolute crap that's in our theaters these days I found this movie to be refreshing. I can't tell you how many movies I've walked out of lately. This one's not about the story so much as it is about the characters. Wiig did a fine job of portraying an emotionally stunted young woman who is desperate for love and a sense of meaning. In the end I was disappointed that her character settled for so little, but isn't that the lot of most Americans? Maybe that's why so few were willing to see it? A little too close to home!! Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2015
    8
    This movie was based on the short story 'Hateship, Friensdhip, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage' which won the Noble prize in literature a decadeThis movie was based on the short story 'Hateship, Friensdhip, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage' which won the Noble prize in literature a decade ago. A pure drama about a middle aged single woman whose life was dedicated to her profession. Just like similar to the 'Finding Vivian Maier', except there was no photographies involved. Frankly, I was not predicted that this film would impress me a lot. Picked it to watch without an interest, but while a watch surprised and glued to my seat to the rest of the film.

    Even though there were fine actors in the movie like Guy Pearce and latest sensation Hailee Steinfield, it was a Kristen Wiig show. Apart from voice-over for the animations and other supporting roles, she was not seen in a top form recently. Her commitment to the character she played as Johanna Perry the live-in caretaker in the movie was inevitable to appreciate. Feels very real who fall for a teenagers prank that actually influence her life to turn it around. So how and what are the things to be done against the odds are displayed well.

    ''The only thing worse than friendship is hateship.''

    Kind of 'second chance' theme, if you get one you must seize it. Though, it was not that simple in the movie, but developed at a fair dosage of obstacles between 'the desperate' and 'the hope' to form balanced account. Don't consider it an inspirational, it was just pieces of common event that's happening everywhere, but creatively put into the texts and then cinematic. Commercializable title that did not suit for a realistic narration. Especially not in todays world, might have been a perfect title 20-25 years ago. Once you watch it the perspective will change that still movie like this are made for the silver screen, not direct-to-television, but what? Sadly commercially fails.

    If you observe closely the end scene, it was very practical to the real life. Whether we accept our fate as it happened or we created it, the flaws always remain, especially in a relationship. That's what the entire movie unfolds, how people cope with each other despite what they were before. A very well told simple story. Of course it was a slow narration, not because of the stretched from a short story, but to give the depth in the portrayal. This movie is for ardent drama fans like me, for a change others as well should try this little sweet movie.

    8/10
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  3. Feb 8, 2015
    5
    Despite its curious exploration into naïvety and reclusiveness, Hateship Loveship often borderlines on awkwardness - preventing strongDespite its curious exploration into naïvety and reclusiveness, Hateship Loveship often borderlines on awkwardness - preventing strong performances from Kristen Wiig and Hailee Steinfeld from truly shining. Expand

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