The Hours Reviews
January 21, 2015
a very compelling and powerful look at people's hidden emotional states. great acting and well put together. i love the scene especially were toni colette visits the housewife and they do this facade then expose their emotional selves but then revert right back to the facade.
July 15, 2007
Really fine acting from all but how could the academy justify giving Kidman a Best Actress Oscar for her contribution here. At best she's supporting and both Streep and Moore are better than she is.
January 17, 2015
Three outstanding acting performances.
September 25, 2011
OK, but not great. Takes a while to get going, is filled with superficial melodrama and ultimately isn't overly profound. Still, the Meryl Streep-Ed Harris storyline is quite moving, and makes the movie worth watching.
I am not a Nicole Kidman fan, and this movie didn't change that. I always found her characters so prissy and pretentious, and this was no exception. She certainly didn't deserve her Best Actress Oscar (though there wasn't much competition in the 2003 Oscar year).
Ed Harris and Julianne Moore got Supporting Actor/Actress nominations for their performances, and Harris' nomination was well deserved (he lost out to Chris Cooper, in Adaptation). Meryl Streep should have at least gotten a nomination for her performance.
January 1, 2015
This another 5 star movie as this is truly a very gripping movie to watch. It may not be for everyone as it is a little on the depressing side, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of either Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman as they all turn in Oscar worthy performances and I think to my knowledge Nicole Kidman won for this movie as rightfully deserved as she definitely plays without a doubt probably the most disturbed and tragic character in the movie. All three of these actresses in this movie are suffering in some way or another, but my mom who always has great insight said to me after watching the movie that the movie was really showing how tough women use to have it back in the world and since the movie takes place in three different decades 1923, 1951 and 2001, you get to see in each decade how women didn't really have a lot of freedom they do when the movie keeps flashing back and forth between the decades, but it's really now that I am thinking about it though that when we get to Meryl Streep's storyline in 2001 we see how far women have come in order to show they have the same rights as men do and that we must never forget that women at one time didn't have rights at all and that is the important message the movie makes especially with Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore's storylines because men expect women to be a certain way and be happy with what men provide their wives or partners, but sometimes that just isn't enough for women. Women want to be just as independent as men and they have every right because without them, men don't exist. The movie I will say is a little hard to follow especially with Nicole Kidman's storyline as you really have to try and think what her purpose was in the movie because I couldn't really place how her storyline is connected to the other story lines in the movie, but like I said before thank god for my mom because it I probably would not be giving this movie as much praise as I am giving it because her storyline is the one that shows how just how unhappy she was with her current situation in life and that it was through her unhappiness that she realized that in order to be happy she needs to do what's best for her and not what is expected of her, as that is the case with all of us in life, but it's through Kidman's storyline that wee see that it doesn't pay to be miserable, you got to do what's best for you and just keep moving forward. I got that in a picture with Johnny Depp smoking one of his cigar cigarettes that he smokes and it truly made a lot of sense when I read it because the world is filled with assholes andvery unhappy people who love nothing more than to bring people down in their misery and I feel sorry for those people because it doesn't pay at the end of the day. All it shows is how bad you hurt people because your not happy with your life and you have the opportunity to change your life and if you choose not to that all on you. Our cleaning lady Janice told me that one day when we were talking about careers and the choices we make in life and she told me people might look down at her because she cleans houses, but she told me she loves it. It pays her bills so what does she have to complain about and she actually enjoys doing it so why be miserable? Just do what's good for you and no one else, you can be kind and help other people out, but you need to take care of yourself at the end of the day there's no shame in that. Just don't be too selfish because we all have to live in this world I feel just from my job experiences that not everybody, but some people in the work force are looking at any chance to get one up on someone just so they can be the next manager or boss at their job and those are the people you got to watch out for cause those are the snakes in this world that Karma, which I truly believe in, will take care of them in life at some point. I like to think of it as God saying "I have had enough of your bullshit and you need to change for the better." But what I'm really getting at is that we are in a time in America where we should be working together, but it just feels that we are working against each other and that is just wrong. But hey that's the world unfortunately, but getting back back to the movie I will say this another movie where I felt everyone brought their A game, especially Ed Harris who I truly feel is such an underrated actor that I hope to God he got nominated for Best Supporting Actor in this movie cause he was truly, TRULY great in this movie. I felt he had such a presence in this movie that I can't even begin to describe, but I will say it was a surprising performance by him and that is probably why I am at lost for words right on how to describe his presence in the film as I feel Ed Harris is always great in everything he does and that is why I am happy to say he is officially one of my all time favorite actors right now
because he can act man, he can TRULY, TRULY act and this movie certainly proves it.
November 14, 2014
El mejor drama que me he visto...... hacia falta verme una pelicula asi de este tipo..
June 20, 2014
I'm not a very big fan of Stephen Daldry as a director. But I feel that with "The Hours" he has made his most honest and least manipulative effort to date. For once, a film he directs is worthy of the Oscar nominations he gets.
October 24, 2014
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Depressing and weak.
October 2, 2014
La actuación de Kidman vale la película.
September 22, 2014
Extraordinary performances by Ed Harris and Nicole Kidman save this movie from being a snoozefest. The three-way storytelling also deserves a mention. After I've seen this I finally get the title of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", because if this is how V. W. acted, she definitely was someone to be afraid of.
August 11, 2014
The script is so dense, complex and profound that you immediately is touched by this amazing drama full of great performances.
June 26, 2014
stunning film. nicole kidman's best performance ever?!
February 13, 2012
On the fence with this one...the kind of movie critics will drool over, but will lack mass appeal. I'd only recommend this to people who read books like The Hours in their free time.
June 26, 2014
All the women in this movie are amazing and the acting is terrific, especially the ones given by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. The other facinating thing about this movie is the score, I loved it.
June 20, 2014
well acted, but man is it depressing
June 18, 2014
I was not fully sure what to expect from The Hours, but as it had three exceptional female actresses in it including an Academy Award Winning portrayal of Virginia Woolf from Nicole Kidman it was a certainty that I must view it.
It takes very clever writing to be able to tie the fictional stories of two American women into the life of Virginia Woolf at three different time periods in a single film and still maintain a consistent narrative, yet in his genius as a filmmaker Stephen Daldry manages to tie them all together as well as Michael Cunningham's novel was able to and creates an excellent adaptation which transfers the film from novel to screen excellently. Although I sometimes found myself asking the question of what exactly the story was trying to say in terms of the fact that its intentions seemed rather ambigious and its ambitions were larger than life, but all in all it was an excellent movie about three narratives following three female characters.
The fact is that the script is excellent. I mean, The Hours has the appeal of a lot of beautiful scenery which is captured with atmospheric cinematography which captures the mood of situations very well, but the script just keeps the drama of the film in tact so well. The dramatic dynamics may be a little confusing but they are very interesting and the dialogue that the film gets supplied is vastly impressive. The Hours features an excellent script which has characters who are both intelligent and very meaningful, meaning that they demand only the best from the actors which they end up getting. But before even that it is a fact that they all have depth to them which is a lot more than most drama films which touch upon the kinds of themes in The Hours. Despite dealing with three characters, Stephen Daldry gives a treatment to the script in The Hours which makes them all deep and interesting figures for a series of reasons, and their stories are dramatized well with stylish visuals and the power of a beautiful yet simple musical score. The Hours is simply a success on so many levels, and it is written to succeed well enough if the best actors can get into the parts. And the simple fact is that The Hours serves as a showcase for some of the most talented and innovative acting of the entire 2000's period as it respects its cast enough to challenge them with really complex roles and challenge its audiences with the same thing. The Hours is a big challenge for a lot of people, but enjoying the film or appreciating the fine talents of the actors is not a challenge whatsoever.
When Nicole Kidman first appears on screen, she immediately disregards everything she is known for and creates the presence of somebody that has never ever been seen before. Before The Hours, nobody could have honestly seen the side of Nicole Kidman that she projects in The Hours. I mean seriously, if I didn't see her name credited it would be practically impossible for me to actually recognise her. She looks nothing like her usual self, she looks the part of Virginia Woolf with absolute perfection and detail, and the pure sense of wisdom overthrown by melancholia in her performance establishes a feeling of isolation and loss of mentality. Nicole Kidman gets the role of Virginia Woolf on both the surface and in depth very well within the matter of a surprisingly small amount of screen time, and it is surely her most impressive performance to date. Anyone who thinks that Nicole Kidman is a bad actress does really need to see The Hours because she shows us all what it is for her to give it her all and she thinks truly deeply about what she is doing. You can tell that one of the key things about her portrayal of Virginia Woolf is that she is realising her own mortality, and Nicole Kidman develops that at a very fine pace in an unforgettable portrayal.
Julianne Moore gives the second finest performance of the film. There is something incredible about Julianne Moore's performance in The Hours . I mean, when she puts on a smile it doesn't look fake in the slightest but you can just tell it is because she conveys to the audiences that she is fighting inner torment. She puts a lot of depth into her performance without complicating it too much or reaching for more than she can grasp, and in that retrospect she manages to grip the complications of her character with a firm tenacity. Julianne Moore's emotionally fierce and dedicated effort in The Hours is unforgettable and reinforces the true passion of the acting in the film from another cast member.
The Hours is one of the few films ever to have so many actors that overshadow magnificent record breaking actress Meryl Streep, but still she gives a powerful performance. She sets up her character with all the complicated relationships she has to confront in life and delivers on that basis with powerful physical acting combines with a thoughtful line delivery. Meryl Streep is terrific in The Hours, and although the standard for her acting is so high that she doesn't break as much new ground as her counterparts, she still reminds everyone why she is such a well loved actress.
Ed Harris is also amazing. Although his screen time is incredibly brief, he portrays the part of Richard "Richie" Brown very interestingly because he has a sense of mystery that surrounds his background and has viewers interested to find out what it is, and when they come to the realisation of his past they discover an all new level of sympathy for him. I found myself connected to him the most in the story, and so caring about him was not hard at all especially with Ed Harris giving another complex and compelling performance. Ed Harris gives one of his most memorable performances of all time in The Hours, and he stands out as the most effective male figure in the story.
Jeff Daniels' small supporting role was a nice touch as well due to his natural talent for thoughtful line delivery and a true sense that he knows what he is talking about, and the supporting performances of John C. Reilly, Stephen Dillane and Miranda Richardson are all terrific as well.
So although The Hours can be a little confusing in what it is saying or where it is going, the sheer brilliance of the acting is undeniable and carries the greatly crafted script to the end with a lot of intelligence and entertainment value.
May 26, 2014
This movie lived up to the hype for me, although I wish that there had been at least a couple more moments of levity to break the downward spiral of the often overwhelming soundtrack. However, this was an incredible ensemble cast that made the movie impossible to turn away from. Normally, I would point to the the ever glorious Meryl Streep to hold up a movie, but even her excellence was outclassed here by the sheer force of detail and refinement that her co-stars brought to the table. Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman both gave performances which basically chewed up and spit out the modern portion of the film with their portraits of women from eras past. Even Toni Collette and Claire Danes, with their brief appearances, managed to put Streep's meticulous Vaughn to shame. This movie may get a bit too depressing for many but the acting brought the screen propel this movie into one of the greatest of the 21st century.
May 2, 2014
Sensitive, memorable and marked by amazing performances as Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore, "The Hours," directed by Stephen Daldry formidably is a faithful adaptation of the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham.
August 13, 2007
It works well, it's compelling and well told and Kidman is surprisingly good as Woolf. As usual the let down is Streep. She's not horrible, but her character doesn't really convince. If we ignore her parts then we're better off for it. I liked it a lot but I didn't love it because of Streep. Moore's parts were truly heartbreaking, and marvellous. You completely bought her story, her motivation, you felt as she felt. She was clearly the best thing in the film. Enjoyably dour, like Hollywood does Bergman.