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  • Series Premiere Date: May 28, 2012
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The romance between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and novelist/war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) is depicted in this HBO movie.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    May 29, 2012
    91
    Both writers come off as passionate egomaniacs with literary gifts so undeniable, you can't help but enjoy them.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    May 25, 2012
    80
    That this rich, impressively ambitious film says far more about Martha Gellhorn than about Ernest Hemingway was inevitable.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    May 29, 2012
    75
    Get past the first hour and you've got a helluva good tale.
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 25, 2012
    50
    It offers tantalizing glimpses of other movies it might have been.
  5. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    May 29, 2012
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    May 25, 2012
    40
    Hemingway & Gellhorn's daft romanticization of its subjects proves central to its overwrought sense of self.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    May 25, 2012
    0
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 3, 2012
    8
    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 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. Collapse
  2. May 29, 2012
    2
    Astonishing 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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