Hope

critic Reviews

, 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A movingly personal work from writer-director Maria Sødahl, Hope sees stars Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård powerfully portraying a turning point in one couple's long love story.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    The movie offers hope to its characters but, even more affectingly, to us.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgard are transcendent.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is a very well-acted, well-written Norwegian drama... Clear-eyed, insightful, and heartfelt.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    The full, flawed humanity of Hovid and Skarsgard's characters is imbued in nearly every scene, even their smallest interactions bearing the full weight of a long romantic history.
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    Godfrey CheshireRogerEbert.com
    The effect of Hope is anything but depressing; it's reassuring proof of art's ability to comfort as it clarifies.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Raw, melancholy and unquestionably mature, "Hope" understands that some wounds may never be healed.
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    Kyle SmithNational Review
    The final scenes of the movie are beautiful, enchanting even: Sodahl's screenplay is, in that Scandinavian way, clipped and delicate, but the images say everything.
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    Edwin ArnaudinAsheville Movies
    There are no gimmicks or twists to be found here - just a straightforward terminal illness drama that allows genuine emotions to shine through in every interaction.
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    Matthew LucasIn Review Online
    Hope is not an easy film; its emotions are ragged and raw and unvarnished by the Hollywood sheen that so often covers films about lovers facing impending tragedy.
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    Susan WloszczynaAWFJ Women on Film
    I can imagine a Hollywood soap-operatic interpretation of this story whose final moments would be a semi-uplifting. But Sodhal bravely maintains her stoic approach to her script's emotional mood swings.
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