Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19

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  1. The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
  2. A sharper edge could have taken a pretty good, if uneven, picture to greater heights, considering its potent ingredients and actors.
  3. Bullock, Rowlands, Whitman, and others in the cast -- most notably Harry Connick Jr. -- acquit themselves as admirably as the pedestrian script allows.
  4. This is a frustrating film that takes its cutesy title way too literally.
  5. Hope Floats, which often resembles a rosy commercial, does indulge in too much awkward slow motion, and in occasional embarrassing romps that are meant to signify family fun.
  6. 50
    Cloying, unoriginal stuff, rescued -- barely -- by the easy affection that courses between Bullock and Connick Jr., and by the lovely cinematography of Caleb Deschanel.
  7. 50
    Forest Whitaker directed with a slow, sugary touch -- and, one suspects, an eye toward the home-video market.
  8. 50
    A turgid melodrama with the emotional range of a sympathy card.
  9. 50
    An insipid, stillborn drama that drags its viewers through a ghetto of despair before finally, unexpectedly plopping them down in the midst of a happy ending.
  10. The story is slow and corny, but Whitaker gives commendable dignity to his everyday characters, and the acting is emotionally strong as long as the male romantic interest (Connick) isn't around.
  11. The pond is so shallow in this wan romance that there's no room for anything to float.
  12. 40
    Despite its hopeful title and a warm inland location, this dawdling family dramedy proves as sodden as a bed-wetter's mattress.
  13. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Hope may float, but this bore flounders beyond salvaging.
  14. Hope doesn't float in this film so much as it rises to the surface and then stagnates.
  15. Director Forest Whitaker, who appears to have been typed as a female-friendly director in the wake of "Waitinh to Exhale's" runaway success, drags out the already painfully slow proceedings with syrupy dissolves, slo-mo sequences and redundant flashbacks, underscoring it all with an intrusively obvious country soundtrack that matches lyrics to emotions with cringe-inducing exactness.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A dreadfully dull, completely conventional story of a young wife's recuperation from being unceremoniously dumped, this is a by-the-numbers bit of emotional calculation without a single fresh, original or offbeat move in its system, apart from a nifty opening sequence.
  17. 30
    If there's one thing more heartbreaking than a crying child, it's a crying child wearing thick glasses, an image exploited numerous times throughout the course of the dull, uninvolving, tissue-thin Hope Floats.
  18. Floats is corny and false, with a script by Steven Rogers that's almost 100 percent artificial sweetener.
  19. 20
    Hope Floats comes lumbering along, scourging all in its path with saccharine sentimentality and bogus emotions.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. HarleyF.
    Nov 12, 2007
    Me and my family loved the movie they did a great job.