“Hateship Loveship,” a drama starring Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Kristen Wiig, and Nick Nolte is the feature at the Towngate Cinema this weekend. Mr. McCauley (Nolte) is an elderly man who hires Johanna Parry (Wiig) as a caregiver for himself and his teenage granddaughter, Sabitha (Steinfeld). Matters become complicated when Johanna meets Sabitha’s estranged father, Ken (Pearce).
The showtimes for the film are Friday, Aug. 8, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9., at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rated R with a running time of 104 minutes. The following critical commentary is from Metacritic.com.
Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper Kristen Wiig’s performance in the unfortunately titled “Hateship Loveship” is so beautifully muted it takes a while to appreciate the loveliness of the notes she’s hitting.
Slate Dana Stevens The revelation of “Hateship Loveship” is the casting of Kristen Wiig, who effortlessly makes the shift from comedian to straight dramatic actress in a role full of potential ego traps that she never falls into.
Washington Post Ann Hornaday “Hateship Loveship” sneaks up on the viewer, not only in the way the story takes its unlikely turns, but in Wiig’s own portrayal of a woman discovering desire and, in the most subtle way possible, acting on it.
Christian Science Monitor Peter Rainer Although the cast, which also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti in sharp cameos, is very good, Wiig’s performance is self-effacing to a fault. Like a lot of comic actors, she overcompensates in dramatic roles by wearing a very long face.