Picks and Pans Review: The Room Upstairs

updated 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sat., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. ET)

C-

I wanted to love the latest Hallmark Hall of Fame if for no other reason than its cast: Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Linda Hunt. But, sorry to say, even such actors as these can't shine through this sophomorically sentimental and manipulative story about a bunch of too-good do-gooders. Channing teaches troubled kids. She'd have a halo except she ignores the troubles of the tenants in her boardinghouse, including a gentle Irish lass and her loutish husband, an immigrant, a student, a baby and a cellist—stick figures, all. Then Waterston as the meek-mannered cellist teaches her to be human. The show has sweet scenes and more that are too sweet (and simplistic) to stomach.

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