The Hours Reviews

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October 31, 2019
The problem with The Hours' overt literariness is that it makes it a very pleading work; the film wants you to "get it" at every single point of its discourse.
August 20, 2018
The Hours is a serious and moving film, one that achieves many of its goals; among other things, it will presumably have many, many more people reading Mrs. Dalloway than Woolf could ever have dreamed of.
January 30, 2018
The effect is much cruder than the book: you're aware of the geometric patterns linking the parallel stories; everything seems a little too pat, the emblems of the era a little too obviously emblematic - cake-baking in the Fifties, Aids now.
November 15, 2017
It's a must-see. Mainstream epics routinely privilege the father-son bond... In The Hours, patriarchs barely figure, and the only phallic weapon on display is Virginia's pen.
February 25, 2015
The script, the score, the sets, the costumes, and the direction are all Oscar quality, and incredible performances from Kidman, Moore, Streep and Harris make The Hours seem like minutes.
December 28, 2010
Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up.
March 26, 2009
Daldry's screen version is well acted Kidman, Moore, and especially Meryl Streep, but it's too literal and middlebrow to convey the complexity or lyricism of Michael Cunningham's seminal, Pulitzer prize winning novel.
February 1, 2009
More than just Oscar bait; it's a veritable Oscar bait and tackle shop.
February 11, 2008
David Hare's screen adaptation reduces Woolf and her art to a set of feminist stances and a few plot points, without reference to style or form.
July 14, 2007
September 16, 2006
The Hours totally engrosses me... It somehow deepens the [book's] themes to see the bodies, scrutinize the faces, smell the money, feel the flatness of the screen.
June 24, 2006
A boldly realised, affecting work.
December 6, 2005
Life may or may not be everything it's cracked up to be. This movie most definitely is.
December 6, 2005
The film's true star is its script.
December 1, 2005
If this movie is about how some choose not to live, it's also just as much about why others choose to go on.
September 30, 2005
Does make you think, but it doesn't entertain.
July 5, 2005
March 22, 2005
'In a sublime collaboration, David Hare and Stephen Daldry have created a delicate atmosphere of inchoate sadness.'
December 6, 2004
It works like the best poetry, giving us room to explore ideas and issues instead of narrowing itself to simple moral lessons.
October 14, 2004
Lost we become in story telling that emphasizes cuts and coincidences, leaving serious characterization gaps.
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