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In the Bedroom Reviews

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Noah Davis
March 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 25, 2001
Short of good, better than awful, it opens brilliantly, then just goes on, toward self-negating absurdity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Minimalist acting is only interesting--and it can, of course, be intensely interesting--when it isn't providing a desperate cover for thematic inscrutability.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 17, 2001
Field's leisurely buildup forestalls but doesn't prevent his movie's mutation into a granola Death Wish.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 24, 2002
Not like some films, which can be slow and interesting, this baby is slow, boring, predictable and downright overrated!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Paul Tatara
November 24, 2001
As good as the performances are, much of the movie flounders.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 26, 2001
Will this tedium ever end? Well, it does, for a while...
Dave Kehr
December 28, 2001
Takes a number of courageous risks but finally falls victim to emotional monotony.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
February 6, 2002
Note to the filmmakers: if your goal was to get the audience to feel the characters' pain and suffering, congratulations. It worked.
| Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 22, 2001
The performances here are stellar across the board.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2001
There are scenes as true as movies can make them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
November 20, 2001
It epitomizes what an American independent film can be when the director is willing to abandon the safety net.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2002
Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 4, 2002
Spacek and Wilkinson deliver profound performances that seethe with such gentle rage and despair that they're almost too raw to watch.
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
August 27, 2001
For anyone who wondered where the real people in American movies went to, In the Bedroom is a tonic.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2001
It's a really powerful piece of work.
Eric D. Snider
January 11, 2002
Spacek and Wilkinson are dazzling, utterly convincing. You might as well be watching a documentary, for as real as the Fowlers seem.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 7, 2002
Field's fine direction gives the dimensions of a waking nightmare to what might have been an overwrought melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 28, 2001
Lingers in the mind, suffusing melancholy with the fateful pall of dread that hangs over all of life's pleasures.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 22, 2001
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Todd McCarthy
May 20, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
George Gallucci
February 25, 2004
Leonard Maltin
April 2, 2011
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Harvey S. Karten
October 16, 2001
Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson turn in the best performances of the year so far as parents whose lives unravel when their only child dies.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 7, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
October 17, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
January 25, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Kim Linekin
January 6, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
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March 22, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Neil Norman
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
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