Pleasant enough, but what makes Hello, My Name is Doris so frustrating is that it could, and should, have been so much funnier – and with a little more pathos to balance the humour.
As the ageing spinster suddenly discovering she is alone at the death of her mother, Oscar-winning veteran Sally Field (Norma Rae, Lincoln) is likeable enough. But she needed to be that little bit more eccentric, her hoarding a little more concerning. Instead, Field goes after a much younger man (again, a likeable performance by Max Greenfield – The Big Short, Veronica Mars), resulting in a lot of misunderstanding which, whilst occasionally funny, teeters on the edge of squirm-inducing.
Not many roles like this come along for older female actresses – so if only it had a little more grit…