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6,287 Ratings

Hannah and Her Sisters

Directed by Woody Allen
United States, 1986
Comedy, Drama


Oscar-winning account of the lives of three sisters — beautiful but lovelorn Lee, black sheep Holly, and always agreeable, even-tempered Hannah — and their families over the course of three Thanksgiving gatherings.

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Hannah and Her Sisters Directed by Woody Allen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1987 | 3 wins including: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

1987 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture



Critics reviews

The film’s breezy pace ensures that you don’t fixate on Allen’s flourishes, which include multiple narrators, white-on-black chapter titles, and an architectural interlude scored to an excerpt from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” The filmmaker empathizes with his characters but doesn’t cut them many breaks; even Hannah, a brilliant actress and domestic goddess, ultimately comes off as passive-aggressive and clingy.
November 18, 2011
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There’s no real resonance between the two halves of the film (the plots cross only for the somewhat arbitrary climax), yet Allen keeps things moving quickly enough that the film only reveals its basic shapelessness once it’s over. Allen’s way of setting himself up as a fount of moral wisdom is as insufferable as ever, but at least the preachiness is alleviated by some genuine wit.
February 01, 1986
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