The Hours - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hours Reviews

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
March 26, 2009
Daldry's screen version is well acted but too literal, failing to convey the complexity or the lyricism of Cunningham's seminal novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
February 1, 2009
More than just Oscar bait; it's a veritable Oscar bait and tackle shop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A boldly realised, affecting work.
Darrin Keene
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The film's true star is its script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Life may or may not be everything it's cracked up to be. This movie most definitely is.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Does make you think, but it doesn't entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
March 22, 2005
'In a sublime collaboration, David Hare and Stephen Daldry have created a delicate atmosphere of inchoate sadness.'
Full Review| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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.
| Original Score: A-
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
Lost we become in story telling that emphasizes cuts and coincidences, leaving serious characterization gaps.
Full Review| Original Score: C+
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
A feminist diatribe and it's true to its core as it shows men as marginalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
A puzzling and forbidding strangeness.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 5, 2004
There's not a breath of humor - not one little joke - in the entire two hour length -- a sign of the kind of importance that can be pretty hard to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
A moving adaptation of Michael Cunningham's elegant novel about one day in the lives of three women in different time periods.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003
An exquisitely insightful exploration of life's little revelations.
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
It's questionable whether Michael Cunningham's book could ever be adequately translated into film... and this version, while rewarding, isn't quite up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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