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Hours Reviews

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Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
December 2, 2013
A second-rate melodrama masquerading as a pulse-pounding tale of survival, Hours is one of the most relentlessly tedious films of the year, despite star Paul Walker's valiant efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
December 9, 2013
The film's fealty to history is both unnecessary and a hindrance, pulling us out of a story that could have easily been set in an anonymous city hit by a nondescript hurricane.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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R. Kurt Osenlund
Time Out
December 11, 2013
There's something vexing about the use of a baby as narrative device, and the movie leans too heavily on her inborn potential for heart-tuggery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 13, 2013
Called upon to carry almost the entire movie by himself, Walker has a tough time mustering genuine emotion, although he does better in the few legitimately tense scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 1, 2013
Paul Walker's "last movie" shows heart and ambition, but a lot of trademarks of sloppy direction, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
December 2, 2013
It's possible that the lackluster script, with its go-nowhere plotting and surface-level emotions, could have been rendered watchable by a talented and charismatic actor. But with Walker, it never stood a chance.
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 12, 2013
Walker's working hard here, and he has to carry the entire show, but many of the interactions he has with the other characters are melodramatic, the dialogue often feels flimsy, and the script stretches to give him more problems to take on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 11, 2013
To the extent the film has an idea, it's that people can be at their worst (or best) in extremis, but the situations it devises (such as an armed looter who wanders in to steal some of Nolan's junk food) are blandly realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat
April 24, 2013
There's not a scene in Hours that doesn't feel slightly off, whether it's a bad choice of camera angle, awkwardly forced dialogue, or a plot twist that insults intelligence. Pardon the obvious cliché - it's not worth your time.
| Original Score: 1.5/5.0
Matt Pais
December 12, 2013
Even when the movie and some ill-advised lighter moments let him down, Walker holds his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
December 11, 2013
From the evidence here, Walker's forte may have been not action but stillness-a knack for embodying ordinary Joes without any fussiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Fink
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
Taking place over the course of two hopeless days, Walker's performance is truly special.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 10, 2013
Here's a hero who's maybe like you, suffering like you might but also scraping through like you hope you could.
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December 12, 2013
Take away the on-the-nose title and some half-hearted stabs at symbolism, and what's left is a B-thriller of the "they don't make 'em like they used to" variety.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 13, 2013
The chemistry Walker shares with Rodriguez is terrific as the two played off of each other perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Alonso Duralde
December 11, 2013
Hours has a great B-movie premise, but at 97 minutes, the strain of keeping the story going, and throwing more obstacles in Nolan's way, starts to show.
Edward Douglas
December 2, 2013
A solidly-directed thriller that could easily appeal to a wider audience than the arthouse crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 14, 2013
A lean, palpably tense thriller. Paul Walker gives the best performance of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.01/10
Brian Orndorf
December 12, 2013
Represents a change of pace for the performer, who delivers some of his best work in this odd thriller, which somehow transfers the bomb-on-a-bus concept of "Speed" to an infant-on-a-incubator ride of suspense and heartbreaking stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Susan Wloszczyna
December 13, 2013
For those who wish to see [Walker] at his best, "Hours" is worth the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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