The Hours Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 11, 2003
...watching this film nearly provoked me to take my own life. And if The Hours wins 'Best Picture' I just might.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 30, 2002
One of those insufferable, dull, pseudo-literary pieces of sludge that elitists mistake for cinematic genius because of the cultured names involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 21, 2003
Never as engrossing as it ought to be, because its stories never really connect. Great noses, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 27, 2002
Some fine acting, but ultimately a movie with no reason for being.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2003
This movie is in love with female victimization.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 16, 2003
Though Daldry elicits brilliant performances, particularly from Meryl Streep and Claire Danes, on balance The Hours is more pretentious than penetrating about existential despair.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 17, 2003
Virtually humorless and extremely talky, the movie takes place during one day in each woman's life, although it moves so slowly it often feels like a week.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 5, 2003
So self-conscious of how important it is supposed to be, it never blinks, never smiles, never lets you forget that it is dealing with Deep, Important Issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 15, 2003
A bloated gasbag thesis grotesquely impressed by its own gargantuan aura of self-importance...
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
A feminist diatribe and it's true to its core as it shows men as marginalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 5, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
Lost we become in story telling that emphasizes cuts and coincidences, leaving serious characterization gaps.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 18, 2003
A great two hours for book-of-the-month club coffee house types ... but a downbeat snooze festivus for the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 17, 2002
A preposterous faux-feminist manifesto that blames the woes of the modern day female on her historical disconnectedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 19, 2003
If you really want to understand what this story is really all about, you're far better served by the source material.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 22, 2003
It's no help that this is a story of privilege.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
February 14, 2003
Daldry envisions a world where EVERY woman is born both depressed and a lesbian. That's their natural state, and to deny it is to somehow rob them of their ultimate goal in life: to run away from their problems or kill themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Oliver
Katrillion.com
January 8, 2003
Ultimately, "The Hours" just beats us over the head one too many times with its depressing message.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
January 20, 2003
More of an exercise in literary theory than emotion-driven filmmaking, The Hours remains watchable by the sheer force of acting talent possessed by Streep, Kidman, and Moore
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Ed Colley
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
January 8, 2003
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
January 12, 2003
Deft editing and a toney cast can't disguise this flashy exercise in self-indulgence.
Scott Feschuk
National Post
January 26, 2003
D.K. Holm
DVDTalk.com
February 18, 2003
Everything is connected and interconnected and frame and buffed to a high gloss, with a thin patina of existential lament spicing things up.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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The Nation
March 3, 2005

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January 17, 2003
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January 17, 2003

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January 18, 2003

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March 7, 2003
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