A sharp dramedy focusing on the romantic stirrings of a lonely office worker, played with considerable wit and verve by the 69-year-old Sally Field.
The best thing about Hello, My Name Is Doris is that nothing gets resolved in the expected movie fashion. The story will make you laugh, no question, but it will also make you deeply uncomfortable, and we mean that in the best way.
Field and director Michael Showalter (who also co-writes, with Laura Terruso) find humanity within the humour.
A winning comedy-drama built around one of cinema's most endearing leading ladies.
Showalter, whose 2005 romantic comedy "The Baxter" was similarly kindhearted, handles the material with tenderness and care, and never lets it devolve into meanness the way it might in the hands of another director.
A running joke about hipster clich�s is tiresome, and the movie's plot threads are uneven. But watching Field work her magic is so delightful.
Field does a good job of making Doris feel like a person, and manages to finish with grace even as all around her crumbles and stumbles.
J. R. Jones
After more than a decade doing TV, writer-director Michael Showalter returns with another of his wacky but endearingly sweet rom-coms.
After mugging us for laughs with grotesque close-ups of her bewildered, disgruntled, or near-orgasmic expressions, Field next tries to touch our hearts with her pitifulness. Stay away, crazy woman!