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The Hating Game

6.21 h 42 min2021X-RayHDRUHD15
Resolving to achieve professional success without compromising her ethics, Lucy embarks on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against cold and efficient nemesis Joshua, a rivalry that is complicated by her growing attraction to him.
Peter Hutchings
Lucy HaleAustin StowellCorbin Bersen
English [CC]
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3.8 out of 5 stars

306 global ratings

  1. 57% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 19% of reviews have 1 stars
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MariaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I read the book and this film is flat, doesn't have the vibe, to me it's an awful adaptation. There is a chemistry between the two main characters in the book, i cannot feel that in the film at all and the story is rushed.
17 people found this helpful
elifReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good one
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Proper good romcom. Liked it. I was so tired watching same A listers in different movies and trying to believe they are different characters. This one was fresh to watch. I guess it doesn't need to have top Hollywood for a good movie. Well done movie, reallt enjoyed it. The script was well written for this genre.
8 people found this helpful
SmilesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful adaptation of a wonderful book
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The Hating Game is probably one of my favourite rom-com books and when I heard that they were making an adaptation I was worried that it might not capture the charm of the books. I was dead wrong. The comedy is wonderful and it is filled with laughter, conflict and joy. Sure, there are some bits that don't translate as well from the book to the screen (because cinema doesn't have time for Lucy Hutton's very long internal monologues of frustration), but the actors really bring Lucy and Josh to life. Here's hoping that more of Sally Thorne's books get adapted!
5 people found this helpful
SofiaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very poor
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I decided to read the book first, when I was half way through the book I was tempted to watch the movie but decided to wait until I’d finished it.
The movie itself felt very forced, it didn’t flow very well and I felt like it was missing a spark between the two main characters.
Personally I thought Lucy Hale was very good in the role but I’m not sure about her counterpart. They had no chemistry, and his lines felt very forced.
I was trying to view the movie as a separate piece rather than a part of the book, and I am glad. The movie is very flat. Nothing really happens. And *SPOILER* the ending is different to the book. I was annoyed that they didn’t have the same timeline as the book in regards to the wedding as I feel that is the big blowout you need for the ending to be perfect.
I had big expectations that just came to bite me in the arse.
5 people found this helpful
Morphine BubblesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this movie!
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I saw the advert for this and patiently waited for it to be released in the UK and i was not disappointed! It is a great movie and i just love the characters and storyline. 100% recommend.
6 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solid romcom
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There have been quite a few romcoms in recent years that are easily 'one and done', never to be watched again. However, I actually really enjoyed this. Obviously, there were some classic rom-com clichés and communication issues.... but is it really even a rom-com if there isn't?! I liked the characters, the story, and only got annoyed with a few of the plot points/lines, so it's a thumbs up from this romance-loving gal!
4 people found this helpful
stormgooseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Odd as well as bad, why are films like this still being made?
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Very uneven tone. Why do the two protagonists hate / love one another so much? (never really explained) Why did the male protagonist behave so unpleasantly on first meeting the female protagonist? (Also never explained)

There is seesawing from the guy being caring to being at odds with the girl and back again, seemingly over things I can't even make sense of why they would be offensive.

I'd give it two stars for acting, but the acting isn't great either.

Maybe it's just me (conscious I'm speaking as a man) but it felt like the bits that were supposed to be interpreted as female empowerment / pro-feminist still were at least tinged with misogyny. The male lead behaves in ways that are frequently sexist and ignore boundaries. This film feels like it came from the pre-MeToo era.

Also veered into brief eroticism in it's language and implications - which is fine if that's what it's advertised as, but added to the uneven tone of what exactly this film is. I would advise to avoid!
One person found this helpful
Reviewer S5Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lucy Hale carried the film
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Nice plot for a romance but the writing seemed out of sync at times. Lucy Hale's enthusiasm for the romance carried it through though, the lead actor not terribly convincing, and what was the scene with him near the end about - going along with the slagging off of Lucy when he was leaving and not going after the job?
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