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Dolores Claiborne (1995)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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A daughter who has come to imagine the worst about her mother learns the facts are quite different -- and more shocking than she ever imagined -- in this adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel. Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) has spent nearly a quarter of a century looking after a mean-spirited woman named Vera Donovan (Judy Parfitt) on a small island off the coast of Maine; when Vera is found dead after falling down a flight of stairs, Dolores is considered a prime suspect in her


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Tony Gilroy

Nov 6, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (6) | DVD (7)

A patient and mature thriller featuring a protagonist fascinating in her agony.

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Clothes on Film
Clothes on Film

Denso e melancólico, o filme supera suas ocasionais falhas de roteiro graças às fortes atuações de seu elenco feminino (incluindo a jovem Ellen Muth).

December 26, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Dreadfully depressing, but Kathy Bates stuns

October 24, 2004

Gothic and creepy.

June 12, 2004 | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

The film boldly refuses to satisfy the horror fans who are its expected audience, but it's massively unclear what kind of audience it does have in mind.

August 17, 2003 | Comments (4)
Nick's Flick Picks

Effective character study thriller.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Speaks volumes about the subjugation of women and the hellish nightmare of living in a dysfunctional family.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A character study, which was very effective, and a mood piece, which was overdone.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Dolores Claiborne

Constable: Going on a morning walk?
Dolores Claiborne: No, I'm just packing the get-away boat, so I can make my great escape.

Dolores Claiborne is a good drama from Stephen King that translates well to the screen. Kathy Bates gives a great performance as Dolores; a woman who is a suspect in a murder investigation. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays her daughter who has been gone for 15 years. A great supporting cast features Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, and Eric Bogosian(the guy from one of the most underrated films of all-time, Talk Radio). Danny Elfman gives the film a great score like always. It always makes me laugh when people complain about Stephen King books not being good movies. There's been Shawshank, The Green Mile, The Dead Zone, 1408, The Shining, Misery, Stand By Me, Carrie, Christine and Dolores Claiborne. Looks like they translate well.
June 26, 2011
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A shocking drama from King, about a mother and daughter and a secret. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, and I think you will be too. I highly recommend it.
May 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

This was far better than what I was expecting. (Even though I'm a Stephen King fan in general, this particular plot didn't seem too interesting to me.) There are a few turns and twists, most of which (if not all) are predictable, but the way they're unveiled is commendable. And the stellar performance by almost every actor involved only made the movie more worthwhile.
April 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Not as good as Misery, but is any Kathy Bates move as good as that one? There's a lot of misery in this movie, everyone seems so unhappy. I wanted it to be more revenge-y, but it' wasn't and it got real, real fast. It's just okay.
December 20, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Dolores Claiborne: Are you saying there's nobody?
    2. Selena St. George: No, I'm saying there's a whole lot of nobodys!
    – Submitted by Wendy W (22 months ago)
    1. Vera Donovan: Husbands die every day. Why, there's probably one dying right now while you're sitting here weeping. They die, and leave their wives their money. I should know, shouldn't I? Sometimes they're driving home from their mistress's apartment, and their brakes suddenly fail. An accident, Dolores, can be an unhappy woman's best friend.
    – Submitted by Jarrett F (2 years ago)
    1. Vera Donovan: Sometimes, being a bitch is all a woman has to hold on to.
    – Submitted by Jarrett F (2 years ago)
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