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The Hours Reviews

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.
June 24, 2006
A boldly realised, affecting work.
August 7, 2004
A puzzling and forbidding strangeness.
January 17, 2003
The film actually improves on Cunningham's novel, thanks to gorgeous cinematography, a deft script by playwright David Hare ... a mournful, melodious but never intrusive score by Philip Glass and a superb cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 17, 2003
A compelling, moving film that respects its audience and its source material.
Read More | Original Score: A+
January 17, 2003
As stunning an acting showcase as you'll find.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 17, 2003
The acting, for the most part, is terrific, although the actors must struggle with the fact that they're playing characters who sometimes feel more like literary conceits than flesh-and-blood humans.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 17, 2003
The performances are so beautifully synchronized -- for which Hare, Daldry and editor Peter Boyle also deserve credit -- that it is impossible to choose one as being better than another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 16, 2003
Fragmented and stinking vaguely of literary pretentiousness, The Hours is a stretch -- it's missing the spinal fusion that might have held it together with the kind of cinematic coherence I found sadly lacking.
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 16, 2003
Some moviegoers may interpret The Hours as waving a banner for gay life. Actually, it waves a banner for individuality in a world that does not always sanction such a stance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 16, 2003
A moving essay about the specter of death, especially suicide.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 13, 2003
This movie is in love with female victimization.
January 10, 2003
It's a collection of elusive moments and connections, a musing on nothing less than the meaning of life itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 10, 2003
You don't just love the movie for its structure but for the haunted people in it, making each other miserable, but forcing each other to face who they are.
January 10, 2003
It would be all too precious to watch except for the brilliant performances, which make it too wonderful not to watch.
January 10, 2003
Far from a bad film, and at least two of its central trio of performances provide moments of disarming grace, but don't be surprised if a whiff of self-congratulation emanates from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2003
It never fails to engage us.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 9, 2003
Kidman's acting is superlative, full of passion and feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2003
A viewer can forget about Woolf, not care a fig about Cunningham, and just bathe -- soak, more like -- in the voluptuous sadnesses of Mss. Woolf, Brown, and Vaughan, delineated with such refinement by Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 2, 2003
I found the film, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare, excruciatingly flat-footed, with one of the most exasperating scores (by Philip Glass) ever written.
December 30, 2002
There's been so much talk about the fact that [Kidman] wears this prosthetic device you know so that you can't even recognize her. But beyond that it's just a really good performance.
December 27, 2002
It takes extraordinary actors to make a movie like this work, and The Hours is blessed with an abundance of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2002
A film that's fuller and deeper than the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 27, 2002
Some fine acting, but ultimately a movie with no reason for being.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 27, 2002
I'm sure mainstream audiences will be baffled, but, for those with at least a minimal appreciation of Woolf and Clarissa Dalloway, The Hours represents two of those well spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2002
For a movie audience, The Hours doesn't connect in a neat way, but introduces characters who illuminate mysteries of sex, duty and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 27, 2002
Will no doubt figure prominently in the awards season. But be warned, you can cut the gloom with a knife.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2002
Hare manages to 'open up' the book by dramatizing the characters' inner turmoil exactly as he would have to on stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2002
Like the best literature, it stays with you long after its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2002
Ms. Kidman, in a performance of astounding bravery, evokes the savage inner war waged by a brilliant mind against a system of faulty wiring that transmits a searing, crazy static into her brain.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 26, 2002
A film whose cumulative emotional power takes viewers by surprise, capturing us unawares in its ability to move us as deeply as it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 26, 2002
Rarely does such high-profile talent serve such literate material.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2002
It's an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film's -- and maybe the year's -- most inspired turn.
December 23, 2002
A lovingly crafted meditation on death, loss and literature.
December 19, 2002
Mr. Daldry and Mr. Hare have succeeded in preserving and even enhancing both the episodic structure and the spiritual essence of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cunningham novel.
December 19, 2002
Hare's crisp screenplay adroitly ... keeps faith with Cunningham's meditative prose while adding enough unobtrusive exposition to externalize the characters' emotional lives.
December 13, 2002
Considerable intelligence and strategic finesse have been brought to bear on this handsomely mounted adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
December 11, 2002
A fascinating and ultimately successful stunt in its cross-cutting among the decades.