In the Bedroom (2001)

In the Bedroom

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Expertly crafted and performed, In the Bedroom is a quietly wrenching portrayal of grief.


Movie Info

Character actor and noted photographer Todd Field made his directorial debut with this emotionally powerful drama, which earned enthusiastic reviews at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) is a handsome and amiable young man who has recently graduated from high school and is spending the summer working as a lobster fisherman before heading off to college in the fall. Frank is also involved with Natalie (Marisa Tomei), an attractive woman ten years his senior who is … More

Rating: R (for some violence and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rob Festinger, Todd Field
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Box Office: $35.7M
Runtime:
Miramax Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for In the Bedroom

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (40)

Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.

Full Review… | August 12, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Much of the film's unsettling nature is comprised of sheer silence which is often the most dangerous element...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

It's tempting to compare this film to Ordinary People, since both deal with the reaction of upper-middle class family to the accidental death of their son, though new movie is more immediate, emotional and ambiguous.

Full Review… | October 25, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

The real story is in how the marriage is strengthened or harmed by the way each spouse responds to what's happening.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

As top-drawer as the acting is, I simply can't buy the laboriously plotted revenge ending, which seems to have crawled out of Perry Mason's attic.

Full Review… | September 23, 2004

...one of those rare films that so vividly paints a picture of a community, that afterwards you feel as though you've been there...

Full Review… | June 27, 2004
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Audience Reviews for In the Bedroom

Analogous title for a flm that deals with this state in various ways. Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, and Marisa Tomei shine in this dismal tale of devastation in a Maine lobster town.
First-time director Todd Field did a brilliant job portraying the loss, rage, and desire for revenge with the help of exceptional acting performances, and the observation of the taciturn anguish so readily available in our everyday lives.

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Eric S

Super Reviewer

½

An expertly crafted film concerning a family dealing with grief. Tom Wilkinson impresses yet again, in his most accomplished performance yet as a respected man of a small town in Maine who feels he must avenge the terrible act committed against his son. The performances are all top-notch, capped off with an arresting last thirty minutes of the movie that prove to be extremely well written and plotted. Although at times it appears to be a little too slow-moving, if you concentrate on the setting, characters, and how the story is told, you should be captivated.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

This film is nigh perfect until 1/3 of the way through, when it starts trying too hard to portray the subtlety of a grieving family. The fights - while magnificently acted - are completely unmotivated. Ruth claims Matt never wanted to talk about the incident, but it's not as if she ever tried talking either. It's a cop-out to say that she is confused with grief and doesn't know what she's saying. Even so, the film would need more development to come to that realization. THEN the climax. Come on! Matt is not the killing kind, and the plan is full of holes! This film attempts a conscionable killing ala Woody Allen, but they neglect to properly build the motives, the atmosphere, and the aftermath.

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Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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