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The Hours Reviews

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December 31, 2016
It's good movie to watch
½ August 23, 2016
A sensational adaptation supported by phenomenal performances. Kidman, Streep, and Moore proved to be the centerpiece of success as The Hours manages its complex plot line with excellence, presenting a fantastic drama.
½ August 5, 2016
July 27, 2016
If you like to see outstanding performances, you must see "the hours"
July 4, 2016
Perfect cast, perfect score, perfect plot, perfect direction. Absolutely perfect film.
July 1, 2016
Smartly written and stunningly acted.
February 2, 2016
Classic movie, classic soundtrack!
January 28, 2016
Nicole Kidman played the craziest woman you will ever want to see. She was scary crazy and I don't scare easy. Deserved the Oscar she received. The movie requires your attention when you watch or you won't understand what is going on.
½ January 9, 2016
A depressing movie where three ladies experience sadness and make poor life choices. They seam to bond over flowers, death, philosophical ponderings and writing.
December 30, 2015
This is a very good but also very upsetting movie.
½ November 14, 2015
Excellent performances from Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Ed Harris. A thought-provoking film in depicting the philosophical views of lives. Enlightening.
½ October 17, 2015
Why do people kill themselves? That is one of the central questions/themes that THE HOURS explores. Unfolding across three different time periods, this film tells the story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects different women who have had to deal with suicide (or suicidal thoughts) in their lives. It stars Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf (who wrote "Mrs. Dalloway"), Julianne Moore as Laura, and Meryl Streep as Clarissa. Virginia Woolf, who has some mental health issues, is mostly confined to a country home with her husband and writes "Mrs. Dalloway" as a way to cope with her situation. Laura is a 1950's suburban housewife who, despite her external appearance, is very unhappy with her boring life. And then there's Clarissa, who is in a committed lesbian relationship and is planning a party for her writer friend Richard, who is also dying of AIDS. All three women have similar stresses and one of the strong points of the film is the way it seamlessly moves between each time period while still telling a unified story. It also deals with some weighty themes that will give you a lot to ponder aside from the key issue of suicide. Among these are social pressures and expectations, selflessness versus selfishness, what makes a person happy, etc. The acting supporting these elements was also top-notch, as would be expected from the outstanding cast, and each of the three lead actresses gets a scene in which to shine. I should also mention Philip Glass' score, which I was actually familiar with prior to seeing the film. I felt like his music was perfectly suited to the material, accurately conveying the sense of isolation, melancholy, and ennui common to all three of the central characters. However, the film's structure is partly its undoing, although not disastrously so. A lot of the dialogue is pretty on-the-nose, and the juxtaposition of scenes basically tells the audience how they should interpret what they're seeing rather than let them figure things out on their own. Still, the repetition of key dialogue from different characters and using match cuts to transition between time periods was an effective way to unify the narrative, as well as provide needed continuity. When it comes down to it, THE HOURS is a very well-made and well-acted film that deals with heavy themes and emotions, even if in a slightly pretentious way. This isn't a film I can see watching that often, if even a second time, but the potential for discussion and/or self-assessment makes this definitely worth seeing.
July 25, 2015
A tour de force cast that made the 2 hour film seemed like minutes. A most powerful drama about three woman with identical needs but living decades apart. The social norms during the victorian era of Virginia Wolf, America in the 50s and New York in the 21st century mean“t that these 3 women who loved women must make different choices as dictated by society.
July 22, 2015
Very boring. I don't understand how an Academy award was won by Nicole Kidman. Maybe because they put a bunch of make up on her and she committed suicide in the movie!
½ July 13, 2015
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July 12, 2015
Nicole Kidman shouldn't have gotten an Oscar for this
July 10, 2015
Empowered by enthralling performances from it's three powerful leads and a fascinating story, The Hours proves itself to be an utter masterpiece. No more or less.
½ July 6, 2015
Un intreccio di storie non particolarmente appassionante ma con molte star al suo interno. Un film intrinsecamente femminista che vuole essere al passo coi tempi (lesbiche, gay aids, depressione e molto altro). Perņ gli manca un po' di ritmo.
½ June 15, 2015
The acting is terrific and the movie is moving but holy crap what a downer.
½ June 13, 2015
The Hours is nothing more than an enjoyable drama, but the credit goes to the excellent performances.
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