Hello, My Name Is Doris

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6.61 h 30 min2016X-RayR
A woman of a certain age finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker in a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story.
Directors
Michael Showalter
Starring
Sally FieldMax GreenfieldBeth Behrs
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ComedyDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Wendi McLendon-CoveyNatasha LyonneTyne DalyStephen RootRich SommerKumail NanjianiPeter GallagherJack Antonoff
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Daniela Taplin LundbergKevin MannRiva MarkerJordana MollickDaniel Crown
Studio
Roadside Attractions
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R (Restricted)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

3182 global ratings

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L. MillerReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Way to go, Doris!
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Reviews are all over the place on this one, thought I'd chime in. Doris is frozen in a time capsule of her mother's making at home, a mere convenience to her family. She is invisible at work, with just one loyal friend. Her style of dress and hair seem to be her only attempt to express herself anymore. Now mom's gone, and Doris' shell is finally cracking open. One moment in an elevator is enough to wake her up to romantic feelings she has long since suppressed. Those of us who are older still feel young inside, but Doris never even experienced those stages in between. So she has a lot of catching up to do, and she awkwardly and adorably tries to find her way. Funny, poignant, and individual, I'll be shocked if Sally Field doesn't receive at least a Golden Globe nomination for this. For those who found it "creepy" that she should be attracted to a younger man, I have to laugh. We see much older men fantasize about, pursue and date younger women all the time! And I hate to break it to you, but older women are still women, not just the grandmotherly roles they often play. Besides, this is really a story of a woman's journey back to herself, the romantic angle is just a part of the journey. Yes, her positive changes were a little too quick to be real (there's no easy fix for hoarding), but I am delighted that Sally took on this role with her usual gusto and presented us with an original character I won't soon forget.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely story and great acting from Sally Field
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This is an excellent film. I'm shocked by people saying that watching Sally Field play a "clueless" person was embarrassing. Note, the give away is in the word 'play' the fact that she can go from sophisticated character's to playing this kind of person shows just how good her acting skills are.

A relative of my family, led a very sheltered life and looked after an ill parent for many years. Although they are still relatively young - in their 50's- -they have had very little experience of relationships and certainly act quite naive. These kind of people, similar to Doris, do exist. I wonder how many people who wrote negative reviews are just too young to realize that our feelings don't change as we get older (by this I mean, we mature on the outside, but we still can feel like teenagers at times, no matter how old we are) and what we are seeing is just their judgement.... I'm glad that for once, we see an older lady pursuing a younger man. How often do we see this in movies huh? Yet, it's acceptable for actor's in their mid 50's to be
shown with women in their 20's, we see that and think its OK?
61 people found this helpful
L. T. EllisReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet, Sad, Funny, Brave, Hopeful...
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Sweet, sad, funny, hopeful, uncomfortable, vulnerable film. I felt all of these emotions watching this lovely film. Doris is a woman who has sacrificed many of her own desires for her life to take care of her mother. When her mother dies she goes through a huge change in her life and finds herself so by the end she's taken some chances and grown. She is really very brave to step out of her safe spaces and try for something more.

A tribute to the acting performances is that I did feel all of them. None of the characters were cynically written so you felt that Doris was being mocked or made the butt of a bad joke. John's character was vulnerable and funny and a truly nice guy without being an over the top hero or treating Doris with pity.
39 people found this helpful
Chris330rReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Doris was not a good person
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Putting aside the cringe factor of a 65 year old woman pining after a 20 something man, Doris was still a pathetic character. She allowed her life to pass her by in order to care for her mother and wound up an angry, bitter person inside. We don't see this outwardly, but it's clearly there.
She feels a spark inside when meeting the young co worker and of course it's natural of her to feel that and fantasize, but her mistake is attempting to take that fantasy and make it a reality. To pursue this young man romantically was so delusional of her. She takes things further by stalking him and actively breaks up his budding relationship with a nice girl.
And after she confesses to what she's done, she apologizes to the young man, and says "I didn't mean to hurt anyone." But we don't see her apologizing to the young girl she hurt who was always sweet to her and a good friend. If Doris was a good person, she would've apologized to the girlfriend and tried to bring the two back together. But no, Doris still wants the hunky 20 something all to herself, as unrealistic as that may be.
She is a selfish, bitter and angry person, and I like that the movie left the ending open because those who want to see her get the young man can fantasize that it happened....As for me? My ending is that he called out "Doris wait!" to accept her apology and resume their friendship---and nothing more.
And then Doris brought him and his girlfriend back together again and she dated his Uncle Frank. That's a good ending for this film imo. Yes, some of the scenes were cringy, but I let it go because it probably was relevant to tell the story and Sally Field's portrayal of Doris kept me from hating her because we did see a lot of regret for the life she chose to lead. She was a pathetic character so she was hard to really hate---maybe just dislike lol.
Tyne Daly's small role was good and the guy who played the object of Doris's desire was also good. I wouldn't care to watch this again, and it's certainly not Ms. Field's best by a long shot, but if you're a fan of her, i'd recommend giving it a look. 3 stars.
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CorryReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Can Relate Totally
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I loved this movie. I am the same age as Sally and grew up watching all of her TV shows. This was the best ever because she was being her age. I relate to Dois because iv been in the same situation more than once. You see what you want to see. You get mixed message. Then you make a fool of yourself thinking hes thinking the same thing you are. Just a mess. I loved this movie so much and felt I was part of her heart break. She really was not much of a hoarder. Just hung on to the past with things. Me too.
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KmonsterReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sally Field, as sexy as ever!
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What a fantastic performance by all involved. This is a true gem! Doris is an older woman, going through some life-changes, and has to come to terms with her life, where it's going, and - most importantly - how she got here. She finds fun, friends, and love later in life than most people would, but the real lesson is she DID learn to find these things. And, no spoilers, I love the way she 'imagines' her life. Watch the movie, you'll understand. And it is worth it...

For those who find this depressing or frightening, you are NOT learning from this movie at all! Doris finds her strength and courage, and learns she is not alone. PLEASE watch this, Sally Field's performance is magical and her timing has never been better. You will laugh, cry... it'll get you right in the feels! <3
14 people found this helpful
TM ConwayReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Endearing characters
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**SPOILERS AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW**
Fantastic. I laughed so hard! The Best: The characters were so adorable and sweet. Made me remember why I always liked Ms. Fields. I immediately wanted most of the things in Doris's wardrobe. The Worst: The push of "alternative" lifestyles wasn't new, but when they preschool teacher went on and on about the kids, that was a setup. Also, I can see why Doris thought that John was into her. The lines of friendship and his possible affection were very blurred - unless viewers were closed to the idea of such a relationship. If the character genders had been reversed, this wouldn't have even been a story.

SPOILER ALERT HERE...STOP NOW
The ending sucked so bad. Unless there's going to be a sequel, this is the worst way to end a movie. I don't need to know everything, but to leave the ending so open on one of the main points was a real letdown after such a good rest of the movie. I like being left to use my imagination, but this ending was just one big cliffhanger.
25 people found this helpful
Patricia A DeanyReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Yeah--no.
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Embarrassing, creepy and cliched from start to finish. Sally Field portrays the ultimate cartoon old lady spinster, hoarder, delusional cougar . The younger folks feature super white teeth, attractive grins and hip speak. I guess if I were not Ms Fields age, the film may strike me as being humorous instead of repugnant. As it is, the thought of starting a sexual relationship with someone young enough to be my grandson is disturbing to say the least. Add to it the fluttering, tentative old lady gestures, the hunched shoulders, the silly clothes, pseudo-revelatory facial expressions and you have a caricature instead of a three dimensional character. There is a supposedly comic scene near the beginning which features an inflatable office chair and a bicycle pump which truly made me throw up a little in my mouth. I am not denying the possibility of the elderly and the young having adult relationships but in those the older adult brings some measure of dignity, experience and wisdom instead of the cringingly pathetic gestures of an eccentric old lady trying to gain favor from a young man. Oh well its comedy, yeah? No.
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