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Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Although not terribly focused, Hannah Takes the Stairs contains refreshing realism.

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American independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg's 2007 feature Hannah Takes the Stairs concerns Hannah (Greta Gerwig), a recent college graduate who spends one long, unsatisfying summer in the Windy City attempting to achieve romantic fulfillment in a seemingly endless series of relationships. Drifting in and out of infatuation, but never quite reaching satisfaction, Hannah begins to pose an emotional threat to herself and those around her. The picture co-stars filmmakers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Todd Rohal (The Guatemalan Handshake) as well as screenwriter Kent Osborne (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). Gerwig co-authored the script with Osborne and Swanberg. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Todd Rohal
as Brian Duges
Kevin Bewersdorf
as Guy Who Lays Down
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Critic Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (28)

Smart and engaging, but too many meandering breeze-shooting sequences.

January 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

It's never enough to establish any sensitivity or social pertinence beyond the trifling tiffs which are playing out on screen.

January 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

There's only so much twentysomething navel-gazing one can listen to before wanting to slap some sense - and some fully formed sentences - into them all.

January 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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There is something teeth-grindingly cutesy about the whole thing, reaching epic levels of dippiness in the, ahem, nude trumpet-playing scenes. That makes it sound interesting, come to think of it, and perhaps it is.

January 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Hannah Takes the Stairs, the latest comedy of mannerisms in the "mumblecore" style, is maddening for 60 of its 83 minutes.

January 9, 2009 | Full Review…

The film meanders along in conversational style, encouraging improvisational realism but also the thought that maybe these middle-class characters, not quite slackers, are less interesting than they, or the director, think they are.

January 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Hannah Takes the Stairs

Very few of the characters were compelling enough to make the improvised, handheld, do-it-yourself style work. But Hannah is one of them.

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