Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up.
| Original Score: 5/5
Daldry's screen version is well acted but too literal, failing to convey the complexity or the lyricism of Cunningham's seminal novel.
| Original Score: B-
More than just Oscar bait; it's a veritable Oscar bait and tackle shop.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: B+
A boldly realised, affecting work.
The film's true star is its script.
| Original Score: 4/5
Life may or may not be everything it's cracked up to be. This movie most definitely is.
If this movie is about how some choose not to live, it's also just as much about why others choose to go on.
| Original Score: A
Does make you think, but it doesn't entertain.
'In a sublime collaboration, David Hare and Stephen Daldry have created a delicate atmosphere of inchoate sadness.'
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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-
Lost we become in story telling that emphasizes cuts and coincidences, leaving serious characterization gaps.
| Original Score: C+
A feminist diatribe and it's true to its core as it shows men as marginalized.
| Original Score: 0/10
A puzzling and forbidding strangeness.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A moving adaptation of Michael Cunningham's elegant novel about one day in the lives of three women in different time periods.
| Original Score: 4/4
An exquisitely insightful exploration of life's little revelations.
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.
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.
| Original Score: A-