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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.