Hateship Loveship
Hateship Loveship (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
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Consensus: Kristen Wiig's vibrant performance is almost worth the price of admission -- and it has to be, because Hateship Loveship doesn't have much else going for it.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

It's a film about healing; about burnt-out yang being weeded, fertilized, and watered by yin, to grow a relationship tree. But, like, a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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.

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Brian Roan
The Film Stage

Despite its seemingly canned plot, [it] commits to delivering a glimpse into that truth spiced with the joy of optimism rather than the easy placebo of certainty.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Liza Johnson's nicely tuned, and turned, adaptation of the Alice Munro short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage."

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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly

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

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Hateship Loveship is by no means a bad film, but it's an unfortunately easy one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Takes an Alice Munro story and makes it a Sam Lipsyte one, undoing itself with an increasingly implausible plot and acting that's too understated.
Philip Price
Last summer I watched a film already forgotten by most called Girl Most Likely in which Kristen Wiig essentially portrayed the same person she did in… More