Hateship Loveship
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Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) is a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, complicated by the circumstances of that death for which her grandfather still blames her father, Ken (Guy Pearce), a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father,… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wiig's underplaying, a repressed otherworldly Sissy Spacek sort of thing, has its moments of humor, but this proud, simple woman is never for an instant comic."
‑ , Minneapolis Star Tribune
"We've never seen a protagonist quite like Johanna, who on the one hand personifies female self-abnegation at its most domesticated, but on the other embodies the sheer will at its most stubborn."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Hateship Loveship is by no means a bad film, but it's an unfortunately easy one."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"Punchless drama stars a serious Wiig"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Kristen Wiig delivers a splendid dramatic performance here. She simply becomes a plain, unobtrusive woman with immense inner strength."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It doesn't take long for us to get lost in Wiig's thorough portrayal of a dowdy housekeeper who must soldier on in the face of a cruel prank to find some kind of love in her life."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Short fiction can be a marvelous blueprint for film and revisiting Nobel Prize-winner Munro's story in this era of "catfishing" makes a lot of sense: People are no less desperate for connection than they ever have been."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Director Liza Johnston elicits some very affecting performances from her talented actors but these are in service to [Wiig's] rather colorless character whose blossoming is a bit hard to fall for."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"My problem is I never believed what was happening was love."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Another of the wan so-called 'indie' films that distributors accumulate at what must be some sort of post-Sundance clearance sale."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Liza Johnson's nicely tuned, and turned, adaptation of the Alice Munro short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.""
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The buttoned-up, buttoned-lipped Wiig seems to have landed in the Midwest from Mars, as though, like David Bowie before her, she's The Maid Who Fell to Earth"
‑ Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly
"...a remarkably delicate portrait of a shy, recessive but ultimately unsinkable woman entirely free of self-pity that confirms the remarkable watchability of Kristen Wiig."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A slow-to-develop but nonetheless tantalizing sampling of the depth of Kristen Wiig's talent, one that hints at what may to come from her."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Slow-moving drama has some sex, drinking, language."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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