The Hollars
The Hollars (2016)

John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother's illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 26, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2016
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Hollars gathers an impressive assortment of talented stars; unfortunately, it's all in service of a story that's been played out more effectively in countless other indie dramedies.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Krasinski, who also directed the film, may have spread himself too thin; there's a desperation about the closing scenes, cluttered as they are with bouncy pop songs on the soundtrack.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Jenkins and Martindale, both old hands at this sort of "dramedy" material, come through for Krasinski as the story darkens in the second half.

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

The Hollars does achieve occasional poignant moments, most of them due to Martindale's warm presence and the goodwill she inspires. But the other actors have little to work with.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Opening with a promising first act comprising well-observed, edgy humor, the film ends with an overdose of treacle so syrupy, so pungent, it will unsettle the strongest tummy.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

"The Hollars" is an uneven, ineffective and self-conscious dysfunctional family comedy/drama with a Sundance-y vibe, and scene after scene in which the greatly talented and usually quite likable cast members keep stepping in big piles of wrong choices.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Maybe there's a longer, more graceful earlier version out there. Maybe there's an earlier version of the screenplay that emphasizes authenticity over punchlines. But what's on screen feels like an overly cautious, watered-down final draft.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is a perfect storm of boredom.

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe

If Krasinski relates in any significant way to his character's self-doubt, you wouldn't know it from the movie, on which he does confident double duty as director.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An uplifting dramedy that reveals how disappointment can be a spiritual teacher.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Philip Price
John is Jim and Jim is John and in his new movie, The Hollars, John is simply John. We're talking about John Krasinksi of course who parlayed his likable… More
Ian Walker
I found this both funny, bittersweet, moving and utterly relatable. Beautifully acted with a great soundtrack too.