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The Hours Reviews

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March 11, 2003
...watching this film nearly provoked me to take my own life. And if The Hours wins 'Best Picture' I just might.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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.
December 30, 2002
One of those insufferable, dull, pseudo-literary pieces of sludge that elitists mistake for cinematic genius because of the cultured names involved.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
January 21, 2003
Never as engrossing as it ought to be, because its stories never really connect. Great noses, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2002
Some fine acting, but ultimately a movie with no reason for being.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2003
This movie is in love with female victimization.
January 16, 2003
Though Daldry elicits brilliant performances, particularly from Meryl Streep and Claire Danes, on balance The Hours is more pretentious than penetrating about existential despair.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 17, 2003
Virtually humorless and extremely talky, the movie takes place during one day in each woman's life, although it moves so slowly it often feels like a week.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2003
So self-conscious of how important it is supposed to be, it never blinks, never smiles, never lets you forget that it is dealing with Deep, Important Issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 15, 2003
A bloated gasbag thesis grotesquely impressed by its own gargantuan aura of self-importance...
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
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
October 14, 2004
Lost we become in story telling that emphasizes cuts and coincidences, leaving serious characterization gaps.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: C+
March 18, 2003
A great two hours for book-of-the-month club coffee house types ... but a downbeat snooze festivus for the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2002
A preposterous faux-feminist manifesto that blames the woes of the modern day female on her historical disconnectedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 19, 2003
If you really want to understand what this story is really all about, you're far better served by the source material.
January 22, 2003
It's no help that this is a story of privilege.
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February 14, 2003
Daldry envisions a world where EVERY woman is born both depressed and a lesbian. That's their natural state, and to deny it is to somehow rob them of their ultimate goal in life: to run away from their problems or kill themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 8, 2003
Ultimately, "The Hours" just beats us over the head one too many times with its depressing message.
January 20, 2003
More of an exercise in literary theory than emotion-driven filmmaking, The Hours remains watchable by the sheer force of acting talent possessed by Streep, Kidman, and Moore
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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