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Jonathan Darby made his directorial debut with this thriller, set in Kentucky (but filmed in Orange County, VA). Jackson Baring (Johnathon Schaech) wants his girlfriend, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), to meet his mother, Martha (Jessica Lange), so he brings her home for Christmas to Kilronan, their sumptuous Kentucky estate and horse farm. Later, after Helen gets pregnant, they marry and return to Kilronan to have the baby, but Martha aggressively intrudes and manipulates, telling obstetrician Dr. Hill (Hal Holbrook) how to deal with the birth and forbidding Helen from seeing Jackson's invalid… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hush is gussied up by its classy distaff cast members, but remains trashy all the same."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Lange seems at a loss to know how to convey Martha's malevolence -- and writer-director Jonathan Darby offers almost no guidance."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"The screenplay, by director Jonathan Darby and Jane Rusconi, might have prompted Lange to fly way over the top. Thankfully, she reins in her performance sufficiently to save the melodrama from becoming just another Whatever Happended To Baby Jane? lampoon."
‑ , Film4
"The screenplay borders on the hilarious, at times, with a couple eliciting guffaws."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A lot of talent wasted in a forgettable potboiler"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Jessica Lange establishes a spark of interest in this psychological thriller with her giggly demonic performance. But the film never adds up to anything more than an elaborate tease."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Hush is the kind of movie where you walk in, watch the first 10 minutes, know exactly where it's going, and hope devoutly that you're wrong."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The only way that a story this insipid could be any good would be if it was a very campy black comedy."
‑ Jon Popick,
"Absolutely awful."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Hush will always find a place at sadists' film festivals."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Hush has three very simple problems: it's incredibly dumb, it's incredibly boring, and it's incredibly predictable (at least up to the stupefying ending)."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The film is so awful it doesn't even qualify as a B-movie."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[A] trashy, overwrought thriller."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If only TriStar had hushed writer-director Jonathan Darby when he made the pitch for this insulting thriller."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Popcorn pleasing fan...Lange is a scream"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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