Hanging Up
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Diane Keaton directed and starred in this comedy/drama about a family brought together by potential tragedy. In her mid-40s, Eve (Meg Ryan) minds her house, runs a business organizing parties and events for others, and looks after her father (Walter Matthau), an alcoholic former writer who has grown argumentative and increasingly difficult to handle. Eve's sisters -- Georgia (Keaton), who is a few years older and the editor of a successful fashion magazine, and Maddy (Lisa Kudrow), a few years younger and a working actress with a spot on a soap opera -- have also had to deal with Dad, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Three of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented actresses, Ryan, Keaton, and Kudrow, are totally wasted in this shamelessly sappy meller that bears the schmaltzy sensibility of Nora Ephorn, its inept producer and co-scripter even though Keaton is helmer"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Too scattered and insubstantial to be as funny and moving as it could have been."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"A real shame that this isn't a good movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"considering the movie's plot involves lots of crying over wrecked birthday parties and stolen stuffing recipes, most guys -- and more than a few women as well -- probably wouldn't want to know what they're missing."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Saying it is a waste of time is an understatement of epic proportions."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"The only possible excuse for the new film Hanging Up has to be that it looked great in a deal memo."
‑ Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com
"This movie is witty, spry, even touching."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A sappy, overly familiar enterprise."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Speaks to the deep yearning we all have to break free from the assigned roles in our birth families."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Rarely gets far enough beyond the foibles stage to make you want to spend time with them, let alone share their life issues."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"A decent, often entertaining yet ultimately disappointing film."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The movie doesn't really want to be all that heartbreakingly true."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"The story bungles ahead pointlessly, mixing melodrama and self-help book affirmations."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"One of the very worst movies I've ever seen."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's particularly disappointing that Keaton demonstrates little of the quirky sensibility of her previous works, either as a director or an actress."
‑ Randall King, Winnipeg Sun
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