The Children's Hour Reviews

  • Feb 22, 2019

    This was a very interesting movie, I actually prefer it to the 1936 original These Three (also directed by Wyler). I felt that the Children's Hour had stronger performances and more powerful social context than its predecessor. It may seem a little dated, especially when it comes to the huge controversy of the two women being lovers. However, The Children's Hour proves the age-old lesson that there is great power in a lie.

    This was a very interesting movie, I actually prefer it to the 1936 original These Three (also directed by Wyler). I felt that the Children's Hour had stronger performances and more powerful social context than its predecessor. It may seem a little dated, especially when it comes to the huge controversy of the two women being lovers. However, The Children's Hour proves the age-old lesson that there is great power in a lie.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Rubbish movie. The male character was soooo wimpy. The only thing remotely interesting was highlighting how lies can ruin people's lives. But they all acted so weak and hopeless and just gave up. Ridiculous. There is and always has been hope and the ability to rebuild. Even in the old days. Not easy perhaps, but definitely possible. Bunch of wimpy, self-pitying quitters. Big thumbs down.

    Rubbish movie. The male character was soooo wimpy. The only thing remotely interesting was highlighting how lies can ruin people's lives. But they all acted so weak and hopeless and just gave up. Ridiculous. There is and always has been hope and the ability to rebuild. Even in the old days. Not easy perhaps, but definitely possible. Bunch of wimpy, self-pitying quitters. Big thumbs down.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    The best courtroom movie ever made!

    The best courtroom movie ever made!

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Aug 30, 2017

    Lillian Hellman, when she mounted the New York play of her work, noted that the piece was more about the damning power of gossip, and the undercurrent of that idea can certainly be seen here, but thanks to a bravura performance by Shirley MacLaine the main topic at hand is never quite off the table or forgotten. Audrey Hepburn shines as well (as does Garner), but then they have little else to do but to pick and play from the handbook of those unrighteously condemned, whereas MacLaine has self-loathing to contend with in spades. The child actress has a mountain to cross as well, convincing the audience of her latent evil intent, and often borrows too heavily from the Nicolas Cage handbook of overdoing it, but all in all the production makes it point, and is resonant.

    Lillian Hellman, when she mounted the New York play of her work, noted that the piece was more about the damning power of gossip, and the undercurrent of that idea can certainly be seen here, but thanks to a bravura performance by Shirley MacLaine the main topic at hand is never quite off the table or forgotten. Audrey Hepburn shines as well (as does Garner), but then they have little else to do but to pick and play from the handbook of those unrighteously condemned, whereas MacLaine has self-loathing to contend with in spades. The child actress has a mountain to cross as well, convincing the audience of her latent evil intent, and often borrows too heavily from the Nicolas Cage handbook of overdoing it, but all in all the production makes it point, and is resonant.

  • May 07, 2017

    Sensitive and evocative performances, esp. Shirley Maclaine.

    Sensitive and evocative performances, esp. Shirley Maclaine.

  • Jan 08, 2017

    Very good movie. Insight into social mores and norms of the time and how things have changed. Good performances.

    Very good movie. Insight into social mores and norms of the time and how things have changed. Good performances.

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    Sep 05, 2015

    From a moral point of view, this is a terribly outdated drama (even if daring for then) that serves as a portrait of an ugly time when it would be considered a danger for children to be "exposed" to lesbian teachers - which the film sometimes also seems to agree as being "unnatural."

    From a moral point of view, this is a terribly outdated drama (even if daring for then) that serves as a portrait of an ugly time when it would be considered a danger for children to be "exposed" to lesbian teachers - which the film sometimes also seems to agree as being "unnatural."

  • Aug 25, 2015

    How did Shirley MacLaine not get an Oscar nod for this?

    How did Shirley MacLaine not get an Oscar nod for this?

  • Jan 02, 2015

    Very heavy drama with some heavyweight acting by Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner. Set in a school for girls with the two leads as the teachers. Deals with some pretty risqué subject matter for 1961. It explores all the complications and fallout from it in a very honest way. Gripping drama that even fifty years later has you angry at the circumstances these characters find themselves in.

    Very heavy drama with some heavyweight acting by Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner. Set in a school for girls with the two leads as the teachers. Deals with some pretty risqué subject matter for 1961. It explores all the complications and fallout from it in a very honest way. Gripping drama that even fifty years later has you angry at the circumstances these characters find themselves in.

  • Sep 16, 2014

    The coming out scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbvfSGZzR9w&noredirect=1 is just as great and authentic as the final scene of M (1931) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g-sfrQnwwg

    The coming out scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbvfSGZzR9w&noredirect=1 is just as great and authentic as the final scene of M (1931) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g-sfrQnwwg