The Hours 2002

The Hours

Critics Consensus

The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.

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"The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.

Cast & Crew

Meryl Streep
Clarissa Vaughan
Nicole Kidman
Virginia Woolf
Claire Danes
Julia Vaughan
Stephen Dillane
Leonard Woolf
Michael Cunningham
Writer (Novel)
David Hare
Writer (Screenplay)
Mark Huffam
Executive Producer
Seamus McGarvey
Director of Photography
Maria Djurkovic
Production Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Peter Boyle
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Critic Reviews for The Hours

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (39)

Audience Reviews for The Hours

  • Oct 17, 2013
    Technically sound performances by the three leads are destroyed by a dullness to their tales. The Hours leaves you wanting to use these actresses more efficiently.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2013
    Great cinematography with even greater performances all around. The Hours is solid from beginning to end with a unique premise and a topic that is rarely absorbed. I really appreciated this film.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    Great actings in a sentimental, but nice picture.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2012
    Very depressing and very well crafted. The whole subject matter about this amazing film is depression. You have probably seen many films about depression but not as depressing as this one. You will not once smile or laugh at this. But not all films have to be happy. Many people think they have to be but they don't. Films are also art that sometimes have deeper meanings. The best part about this sad film has to be the acting. I was blown away at what was displayed here. When I watch a film the acting has to be good. I have noticed that the acting is what I pay most attention too. It's also the artistic aspect that I value most in a film. Why was the acting good? Well, the actresses in this film displayed real emotion and they keep me interested the whole time. Everything else was good but not perfect. The direction was good. Very good choice in camera angles. The camera was a paint brush and it painted the faces of the despondent actresses. The production was favorable. Very good choice in costume design and scenery. The writing was okay. It was artistic and smart. But the conflict was a bit week. That wasn't so much of a downer considering that the writing overall was decent. So, I would recommend this only to passionate viewers of cinema. It's not for everyone.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer

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