Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Apr 11, 2014
    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: Richard Roeper
    Apr 17, 2014
    Kristen Wiig’s performance in the unfortunately titled Hateship Loveship is so beautifully muted it takes a while to appreciate the loveliness of the notes she’s hitting.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Apr 11, 2014
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 24, 2014
    Hateship Loveship sneaks up on the viewer, not only in the way the story takes its unlikely turns, but in Wiig’s own portrayal of a woman discovering desire and, in the most subtle way possible, acting on it.
  5. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Apr 24, 2014
    We may not understand her, this strange, solitary woman, but we know in our bones her desire for a place in the world.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 11, 2014
    Although the cast, which also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti in sharp cameos, is very good, Wiig’s performance is self-effacing to a fault. Like a lot of comic actors, she overcompensates in dramatic roles by wearing a very long face.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 1, 2014
    The acting is naturalistic, with a lived-in feel. These are familiar people, it seems like, made so by performances that never drift into lazy melodrama.
  8. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 10, 2014
    Ms. Johnson and the screenwriter, Mark Jude Poirier, have transformed a taciturn masterpiece into an absorbing, messy, modest story of damaged relationships.
  9. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 14, 2014
    Under Johnson’s patient, observant direction, a relationship that might sound ridiculous on paper lives and breathes with surprising tenderness and plausibility onscreen.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 9, 2014
    Wiig is so enjoyable to watch that it rescues Johnson's film. She's the best reason to see it.
  11. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 14, 2014
    The film’s beauty lies in its carefully observed details and the larger story’s got nowhere particularly surprising to go.
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Mar 14, 2014
    Working off what appears to be a pretty decent script by Mark Poirier, who does a good job of juggling quite a few story threads and giving each enough attention and depth, Johnson's rigorous and formal approach doesn't allow for any sparks, let alone fireworks.
  13. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Apr 15, 2014
    Hateship, Loveship suffers due to its dedication to an oddly unsettling type of earnestness.
  14. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 14, 2014
    Hateship Loveship is in no way a comedy, but Wiig's enormous presence threatens to make it so. She can't disappear into the void, so the drama onscreen becomes hard to take seriously.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 9, 2014
    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.
  16. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 9, 2014
    The supporting cast includes Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Hailee Steinfeld, making the movie’s greatest accomplishment the fact that it was able to squander so many interesting actors.
  17. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 8, 2014
    Johnson doesn't seem to trust her star to unclench and act... In contrast, the rest of the cast, down to the gossipy local bank teller (Christine Lahti), feels electrically human.
  18. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 8, 2014
    Hateship Loveship is unimpressive as a whole, but it’s stitched together with small, memorable touches.
  19. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 17, 2014
    Unlike the teeming world living between the lines in Munro's story, there is not nearly enough in Hateship Loveship to keep you invested.
  20. Reviewed by: Chris Michael
    Mar 14, 2014
    For most of its length, in fact, the film seems to boil beneath its quiet surface like a Munro tale, and indeed like Joanna herself. Wiig carries this apparently unresolved tension in physical form: a wonderfully mannered performance of short steps and furious scrubbing and standing defensively behind chairs.
  21. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 6, 2014
    It ultimately offers little more than another opportunity for famous actors to indulge their fetishistic, inadvertently condescending impressions of "everyday" people.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 23, 2015
    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.

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  2. Feb 8, 2015
    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. Full Review »