Hemingway and Gellhorn

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: May 28, 2012

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    May 29, 2012
    It's not as if Kidman or Owen looks old, exactly. Still, the basic dynamic is a bit out-of-kilter. A lot of the early scenes don't make much sense if the Gellhorn we see is so clearly a mature, experienced woman.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 29, 2012
    Director Philip Kaufman's clumsy, bloated project--clocking in at a miserable two hours and 40 minutes--stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in potentially career-mangling performances.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    May 29, 2012
    Their inherently compelling story is cheapened by too many gimmicks and a lack of focus, sins that the writers Hemingway and Gellhorn managed to avoid in real life.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    May 29, 2012
    Both writers come off as passionate egomaniacs with literary gifts so undeniable, you can't help but enjoy them.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 29, 2012
    Though it is clearly based on research, with dialogue that scavenges the principals' own writing--it is never quite believable, either as history or drama.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 29, 2012
    While Hemingway & Gellhorn makes it clear she had world-class writing skills of her own, Gellhorn's story often does feel subsumed here, as if all of Hemingway's swagger and bravado really did make him a more prominent figure, or at least a more interesting one.
  7. 70
    the film is as smart and sexy as it is extravagantly silly; its silliness is knowing and affectionate.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    May 29, 2012
    Get past the first hour and you've got a helluva good tale.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    May 25, 2012
    Stellar production, famous leads. What's missing? Heart.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 25, 2012
    Clive Owen teams with Nicole Kidman for a long, lopsided slog through the life of Ernest Hemingway and war journalist Martha Gellhorn. [4 Jun 2012, p.42]
  11. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 25, 2012
    It offers tantalizing glimpses of other movies it might have been.
  12. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 25, 2012
    A disastrous two-and-a-half-hour Cliffs Notes on the passionate, dysfunctional love affair between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and his third wife, the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman).
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 25, 2012
    Kaufman's film, despite some flaws, captures the intensity of their story and pulls us in with the irresistible force of a great, doomed love story.
  14. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    May 25, 2012
    Hemingway & Gellhorn's daft romanticization of its subjects proves central to its overwrought sense of self.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 25, 2012
    A dynamic, vivid, well-acted look at two major 20th century writers who shared wars on the battlefront and at home.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    May 25, 2012
    Not only is Hemingway and Gellhorn wretched, it is bathed in pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectual delusions of grandeur. It's not just crap, it's expensive, painfully "artistic" crap starring a lot of actors who should have known better once they took a look at the script, which is hilariously awful.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    May 29, 2012
    It's a disheartening misfire: a big, bland historical melodrama built on platitudes about honor and the writing life that crams in actual figures and incidents but does little to illuminate them, or to make us care about the romance at its center.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 29, 2012
    HBO's woozy and often intoxicating Hemingway & Gellhorn [is] a sprawling docudrama (overlong at 160 minutes) about glamorous world adventurers whose weapons are words.
  19. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 29, 2012
    Despite some shortcomings, Hemingway & Gellhorn rates as time and money well-spent.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 24, 2012
    Considerable effort and care clearly went into that process, but unlike the city by the Bay, there's not much heart left in Hemingway & Gellhorn.
  21. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    May 25, 2012
    That this rich, impressively ambitious film says far more about Martha Gellhorn than about Ernest Hemingway was inevitable.
  22. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 29, 2012
    Hemingway & Gellhorn is overly enamored with its ridiculous sense of sweep.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 3, 2012
    I liked the acting more than the rest but the movie is well done. Not just a love story but a honest, vivid portrait of two important peopleI liked the acting more than the rest but the movie is well done. Not just a love story but a honest, vivid portrait of two important people that made our history but couldn't make a history for themselves. They were very similar but distant as well. The movie has faults but it's enjoyable. I don't understand the bad criticism. It's an old style movie, one of those epic movies they used to do and somehow they stopped. Kidman is impressive, emmy-worth, she's magnetic, powerful, uber beautiful. Owen was a little bit ouf of sea but he did a good job after all. I suggest everyone to watch it, it's not a masterpiece but not that bad as many say. Full Review »
  2. May 29, 2012
    Astonishing that Clive Owen, and Nucole Kiddman's agents did not nothing to stop the release of this film. HBO, while generally creating someAstonishing that Clive Owen, and Nucole Kiddman's agents did not nothing to stop the release of this film. HBO, while generally creating some of the best television, has failed with Hemingway and Gellhorn.
    This film will surely be at home with the B movie crowd that will no doubt make fun of the often stupid dialogue and poor acting. Th bombing love scene between our stars was especially moving... bowl moving! Lar Ulric makes an appearance as a film maker with an accent that can only be described as worse than the Irish Spring voice-over. Pure and simple.. Hemingway and Gellhorn was the worst Ive seen from HBO.
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