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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Though it has merit and is recommended for the curious and adventurous, Joe Swanberg's film wears out its welcome about halfway through its 83 minutes. I'd say it doesn't go anywhere, but that's the point of these movies. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Intimacy is graphically portrayed, down to recurring moments in a bathtub, including a memorable duet trumpet rendition of “The 1812 Overture.” Chop off a star if you’re not up for highly experimental cinema. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    How can a movie with such a charming cast (let's not forget Ry Russo-Young as Hannah's female roommate) and believable dialogue (seemingly taken from the actors' real lives) go wrong? It can't. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Shot with intentionally banal anti-style - minimal soundtrack music, found sound, jitter-cam - the movie achieves a wisdom that's bigger than it seems. show more

  • 38
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The loose, rambling conversations that substitute for action might be more interesting if any of the characters were capable of real introspection. But they're so shallow and distracted they can't even manage sustained navel-gazing, which makes their so-called relationships profoundly uninteresting. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    What really elevates Hannah Takes the Stairs is the truly outstanding performance by Greta Gerwig. show more

  • 78
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    The film has no script; it goes from moment to moment unhurriedly. show more

  • 75
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Though the dialogue feels improvised and honest, the movie is less honest in creating its world. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    What defines the slacker-geek twentysomething men and women who wander through Joe Swanberg's too-hip-to-be-romantic comedy Hannah Takes the Stairsis that they treat their libidos as minor accessories -- only to stammer through every casual conversation as if they were on a first Internet date. show more

  • 70
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    Like most of the men in the film, we would happily follow her anywhere. show more

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