Separately, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are national treasures, but together they are simultaneously spectacular and intimately awe-inspiring.
—Rex Reed New York Observer
Hope Springs dares viewers to look closely at the remarkable sight of naked adult intimacy and its discontents.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
Hope Springs is one of the great surprises of late summer.
—Joe Neumaier New York Daily News
Equal parts funny and poignant, the groping in Hope is as awkward and unsure as any you'd find in a coming-of-age romance, and in Jones and Streep's fumbling hands, as believable.
—Betsy Sharke Los Angeles Times
Hope Springs is an altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marriage.
—Justin Chang Variety
Hope Springs is a treat for thirtysomethings, and by that I mean couples who've been together for 30 years.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
Both characters are so caricaturishly sketched out that it often doesn't feel like they're really struggling with heavy marital problems.
—Simon Abrams Village Voice
It's about as uncomfortable as sitting through an interminable counseling session — involving two people you hardly know and don't much care about.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
Hope Springs has modest charms to go with its well-matched and practiced pair of wily scene stealers, but the industry will have to do better if it wants to persuade boomers that there’s something for them at the local multiplex other than cartoons and clichés.
—Manohla Dargis The New York Times
Mounting a Cassavetes-lite look at two people untangling decades of dysfunction is hard enough; attempting to blend it with an ill-conceived Nancy Meyers–ish farce is a tightrope walk that the movie simply can’t negotiate.
—David Fear Time Out New York