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

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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
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Peter Boyle
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Critic Reviews for The Hours

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Audience Reviews for The Hours

  • Jan 27, 2021
    If I didn't spend ‘The Hours' distracted more by the privilege of these women rather than learning the backbone of their suffering, it would've gone deeper. I feel Stephen Daldry's adaptation accidentally emphasizes what it's trying to denounce. There's no shortage of prolonged shots of pensive expressions adorning morose faces though. That combined with Philip Glass's heavy-handed (though tantalizing) score backs me into a corner with a film assuming my empathy for these characters rather than truly earning it.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • 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

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