Hannah Takes the Stairs
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American independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg's 2007 feature Hannah Takes the Stairs concerns Hannah (Greta Gerwig), a recent college graduate who spends one long, unsatisfying summer in the Windy City attempting to achieve romantic fulfillment in a seemingly endless series of relationships. Drifting in and out of infatuation, but never quite reaching satisfaction, Hannah begins to pose an emotional threat to herself and those around her. The picture co-stars filmmakers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Todd Rohal (The Guatemalan Handshake) as well as screenwriter Kent Osborne (The SpongeBob… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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"It's never enough to establish any sensitivity or social pertinence beyond the trifling tiffs which are playing out on screen."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Chop off a star if you're not up for highly experimental cinema."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Smart and engaging, but too many meandering breeze-shooting sequences."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"There is something teeth-grindingly cutesy about the whole thing, reaching epic levels of dippiness in the, ahem, nude trumpet-playing scenes. That makes it sound interesting, come to think of it, and perhaps it is."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The film meanders along in conversational style, encouraging improvisational realism but also the thought that maybe these middle-class characters, not quite slackers, are less interesting than they, or the director, think they are."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Joe Swanberg's film wears out its welcome about halfway through its 83 minutes."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"When it works, it works like a charm."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Less dazed and confused than mumbling and mundane, this drama focuses on social awkwardness and twentysomething blues. Skipping aimlessly from scene to scene it offers little observations and rewards low expectations."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"For every revelatory moment of sharp perception there's an eternity of goofy smiles, stuttered dialogue and embarrassed glances."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Watchable independent drama from the mumblecore crowd, though it's not quite sharp enough, funny enough or insightful enough to really get off the ground and the characters are occasionally irritating."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"[Director] Swanberg nails the inane fun of youth."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Perfectly encapsulates the slow-motion, frustrated feeling of early adulthood, when longing and inchoate desire easily outnumber actual transformative events and achievements."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"There's only so much twentysomething navel-gazing one can listen to before wanting to slap some sense - and some fully formed sentences - into them all."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Hannah Takes the Stairs, the latest comedy of mannerisms in the "mumblecore" style, is maddening for 60 of its 83 minutes."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Goes full blast on geek chatter."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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