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.
Review, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-05-01
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.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-05-01
Liza Johnson's nicely tuned, and turned, adaptation of the Alice Munro short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage."
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-04-25
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.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2014-04-24
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.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 2014-04-24
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
Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly, 2014-04-18
"Kristen Wiig's performance in "Hateship Loveship" is so beautifully muted it takes a while to appreciate the loveliness of the notes she's hitting."
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, 2014-04-17
The people on screen are all worth watching, as is Johnson's directorial career.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2014-04-17
This is a movie in which our worst pulp expectations are constantly being upended.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2014-04-11
It's amazing how much this film does accomplish, given its modesty of both means and scale.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2014-04-10
An absorbing, messy, modest story of damaged relationships.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2014-04-10
Kristin Wiig's turn as a dowdy caretaker is the highlight of this contemporary American take on Cinderella.
Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-04-07
Liza Johnson makes fine, steady progress with this delicate and absorbing character study starring Kristen Wiig.
Justin Chang, Variety, 2013-09-09
Rather than sifting through the emotional layers of a surprisingly determined young woman, more often the scenes feel drained of life.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2014-04-17
This jumbled drama gets decent mileage out of actress Kristen Wiig but is hindered by a subpar script that fails to translate Munro's characterizations and intricate plotting to the screen.
Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, 2014-04-17
What's supposed to be guileless and unformed starts to feel like shtick.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-04-14
When a script can't give even a drugged-out Jennifer Jason Leigh a tasty scene to chew on, it's playing just a little too nice.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2014-04-11
I hope this is Wiig's last sad-sack turn; it seems a waste to ignore those comic chops in the pursuit of this sort of Serious Acting.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2014-04-10
Too bad "blahship" isn't an option. Because that sums it up.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-04-10
A preposterous wish-fulfillment fantasy with an enormous void at its center.
Mike D'Angelo, AV Club, 2014-04-10