• PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Daldry
    In Theaters:
    Dec 27, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 24, 2003
  • Miramax Films


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The Hours Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 28, 2010
Emanuel Levy

Daldry's screen version is well acted but too literal, failing to convey the complexity or the lyricism of Cunningham's seminal novel.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

March 26, 2009
Michael Dequina

More than just Oscar bait; it's a veritable Oscar bait and tackle shop.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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David Hare's screen adaptation reduces Woolf and her art to a set of feminist stances and a few plot points, without reference to style or form.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 11, 2008
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The Hours totally engrosses me... It somehow deepens the [book's] themes to see the bodies, scrutinize the faces, smell the money, feel the flatness of the screen.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B+

September 16, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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A boldly realised, affecting work.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Darrin Keene
Film Threat

The film's true star is its script.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

Life may or may not be everything it's cracked up to be. This movie most definitely is.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

If this movie is about how some choose not to live, it's also just as much about why others choose to go on.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: A

December 1, 2005
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Does make you think, but it doesn't entertain.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury

'In a sublime collaboration, David Hare and Stephen Daldry have created a delicate atmosphere of inchoate sadness.'

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 22, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

It works like the best poetry, giving us room to explore ideas and issues instead of narrowing itself to simple moral lessons.

| Original Score: A-

December 6, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Lost we become in story telling that emphasizes cuts and coincidences, leaving serious characterization gaps.

Full Review | Original Score: C+

October 14, 2004
Tony Medley

A feminist diatribe and it's true to its core as it shows men as marginalized.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 0/10

October 7, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A puzzling and forbidding strangeness.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

There's not a breath of humor - not one little joke - in the entire two hour length -- a sign of the kind of importance that can be pretty hard to take.

Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 5, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

A moving adaptation of Michael Cunningham's elegant novel about one day in the lives of three women in different time periods.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 4/4

June 23, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

An exquisitely insightful exploration of life's little revelations.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

November 11, 2003
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

It's questionable whether Michael Cunningham's book could ever be adequately translated into film... and this version, while rewarding, isn't quite up to the task.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: B-

October 7, 2003
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

I still love it. In fact, I find it life-affirming - its message: to pay attention to the hours because a whole life can be contained in a single day.

Full Review | Original Score: A-

July 3, 2003
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