Hush (1998)

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),… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 6, 1998
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A ridiculous but wholly predictable potboiler with performances ranging from comatose to hysterical.

Todd McCarthy

Hush is gussied up by its classy distaff cast members, but remains trashy all the same.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Lange seems at a loss to know how to convey Martha's malevolence -- and writer-director Jonathan Darby offers almost no guidance.

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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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jon Popick

The only way that a story this insipid could be any good would be if it was a very campy black comedy.

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James Berardinelli

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).

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The film is so awful it doesn't even qualify as a B-movie.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

[A] trashy, overwrought thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
silly mess of a movie
Naughtia Nahazhina
I thought this movie was great. Helen goes with her husband to visit her mother in law who she hasn't met before. When they reveal to the mother-in-law… More
Michael Gildea
(wretching... continued wretching...)
Sylvester Kuo
Probably the film that made me start to hate Gwyneth Paltrow, she is just a terrible actress. Hush is a low budget psycho-biddy about a control freak mother… More
Ilyaas Hussain
Engaging in the most minimal way and ending on the most ludicrous note, Hush is one film that both the actors and the audiences are more than willing to forget.
Dimitris Springer
A brainless film to say the least.Lange cannot save this superficial "family drama" and as the events proceed on a thriller jurisdiction,the… More

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