In the Bedroom - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

In the Bedroom Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 20, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 5, 2002
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2002
Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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March 22, 2002
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Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 10, 2002
So emotionally pure and rigorous that you're more than willing to go along with it.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 29, 2001
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 28, 2001
The story and direction are powerful enough. But it's the acting that takes In the Bedroom higher.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 28, 2001
Lingers in the mind, suffusing melancholy with the fateful pall of dread that hangs over all of life's pleasures.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
December 28, 2001
Field has a talent for drawing us directly into his characters' lives and making us feel what they feel.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 28, 2001
There has probably not been a more adult American film made in the last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 26, 2001
A film that owes its impact to the sounds of silence and to exquisitely careful work from its lead actors.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 26, 2001
The surehandedly wrought, beautifully acted, almost unbearably tense In the Bedroom is a rare film, not to be missed.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 25, 2001
Gets at what most Hollywood movies are afraid to say about the way we live on the edge of tragedy.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 25, 2001
This is the kind of restrained, deeply human relationship picture that Hollywood -- in its rush to keep us from ourselves -- has forgotten how to make.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2001
There are scenes as true as movies can make them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 25, 2001
Short of good, better than awful, it opens brilliantly, then just goes on, toward self-negating absurdity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 25, 2001
Quite simply, it's exquisite filmmaking.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 24, 2001
Like most movies directed by actors, this is a wonderful acting showcase.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 24, 2001
We sense from its opening minutes that we are in the hands of accomplished storytellers.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2001
A rare cinematic creature: a very depressing film that gives you a lift with the sheer magic of its craft.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2001
The actors, especially the leads, give performances ... rich, connected and full of nuance and spontaneity.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 8, 2001
Field has directed it exquisitely.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 3, 2001
Field exhibits a mastery of his craft many filmmakers never acquire in a lifetime.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 28, 2001
Brilliant, lyrical, sensitive, literate and heartbreaking.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2001
It's a really powerful piece of work.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 26, 2001
Succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 26, 2001
Field has made a movie in which everything feels organic, nothing seems untrue and the effect is unforgettable.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
November 24, 2001
As good as the performances are, much of the movie flounders.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 24, 2001
Must-see viewing for anyone who complains Hollywood doesn't make movies for grownups.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2001
With performances that will raise the hairs on the back of your head, it's a film that knows the private geography of love, grief and obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 23, 2001
An astonishingly rich, detailed and grimly moving piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 21, 2001
A serious drama about violence and morality that plays out with a fatalistic intensity somewhere between Greek tragedy and film noir.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2001
The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama In the Bedroom.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 20, 2001
It epitomizes what an American independent film can be when the director is willing to abandon the safety net.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 15, 2001
An uncommonly good movie -- a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 17, 2001
Field's leisurely buildup forestalls but doesn't prevent his movie's mutation into a granola Death Wish.