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SXSW Film Review: ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’

14 March 2015 11:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Despite some bumpy tonal shifts and inconsistencies of characterization, “Hello, My Name Is Doris” impresses as a humanely amusing and occasionally poignant dramedy about a spinsterish office drone who develops a romantic fixation on a much younger co-worker. The plot could have been played as a flat-out broad comedy or an anxiety-inducing psychological drama, and there are times when it feels like helmer Michael Showalter is striving for a mash-up of both. But Sally Field keeps the movie on an even keel, for the most part, with an adroit and disciplined lead performance that generates both laughter and sympathy, with relatively few yanks on the heartstrings. Audiences of a certain age might respond warmly, provided they are stoked by savvy marketing and favorable word of mouth.

Anyone who has ever toiled in a honeycomb of office cubicles will recognize Doris Miller (Field), the sort of hard-working but good-natured sixtysomething whose »

- Joe Leydon

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