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In the Bedroom

In the Bedroom (2001)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 129 | Rotten: 9

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


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 3

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



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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


Art House & International, Drama

Todd Field, Rob Festinger

Aug 13, 2002


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All Critics (164) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (9) | DVD (23)

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

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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So emotionally pure and rigorous that you're more than willing to go along with it.

January 10, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Much of the film's unsettling nature is comprised of sheer silence which is often the most dangerous element...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

October 25, 2006 Full Review Source: 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.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly of those rare films that so vividly paints a picture of a community, that afterwards you feel as though you've been there...

June 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Few things are more sorrowful than a couple in a house of mourning with nothing but a wall of silence between them.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

...A whole greater than the sum of its parts.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Minimalist acting is only interesting--and it can, of course, be intensely interesting--when it isn't providing a desperate cover for thematic inscrutability.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Occasionally straddles that delicate line between bordome and excess, yet never fails to maintain a certain lever of interest.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Certainly worth looking into, but it feels a little too repressed for its own good.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Wields a hypnotic sadness, handled so powerfully that it's only in hindsight when you start to question whether there's significance beyond the surface-level fury.

August 27, 2002 Full Review

My, what a delicately orchestrated film!

August 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Your Movies (
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Field has told a great story with true internal passion

August 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Beneath every smooth exterior runs an undercurrent of turmoil, unrest, and danger.

August 8, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Deeply affected me.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Hard to top for pure shock value and raw human emotion depicted on screen.

June 8, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

"Bedroom" is unflinchingly direct and true to life, even when it addresses grief, another topic traditionally off-limits in the movies.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Em uma indústria comandada por heróis unidimensionais e enredos simplistas, este filme se destaca por não oferecer respostas definitivas para os dramas de seus protagonistas.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

La película logra lo que pocos dramas de su género, que es hacer interesante un historia digna de cualquier pasquín de pueblo.

May 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

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.
July 17, 2009

Super Reviewer

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.
March 16, 2009
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.
February 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Richard Strout: Where are the boys?
    2. Natalie Strout: ...It's none of your business.
    3. Richard Strout: Oh, I see. They're my boys, but they're none of my business.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Ruth Fowler: He needs in school, not in her.
    2. Matt Fowler: So to speak.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Willis Grinell: Ever notice that even the worst bastards have friends?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Natalie Strout: You know what defines a father? It's what he does, not what he promises.
    – Submitted by Chad E (3 years ago)
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