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In the Bedroom Reviews

August 12, 2002
Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.
January 10, 2002
So emotionally pure and rigorous that you're more than willing to go along with it.
December 28, 2001
The story and direction are powerful enough. But it's the acting that takes In the Bedroom higher.
December 28, 2001
Lingers in the mind, suffusing melancholy with the fateful pall of dread that hangs over all of life's pleasures.
December 28, 2001
Field has a talent for drawing us directly into his characters' lives and making us feel what they feel.
December 28, 2001
There has probably not been a more adult American film made in the last year.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2001
A film that owes its impact to the sounds of silence and to exquisitely careful work from its lead actors.
December 26, 2001
The surehandedly wrought, beautifully acted, almost unbearably tense In the Bedroom is a rare film, not to be missed.
December 25, 2001
Gets at what most Hollywood movies are afraid to say about the way we live on the edge of tragedy.
December 25, 2001
This is the kind of restrained, deeply human relationship picture that Hollywood -- in its rush to keep us from ourselves -- has forgotten how to make.
December 25, 2001
There are scenes as true as movies can make them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 25, 2001
Short of good, better than awful, it opens brilliantly, then just goes on, toward self-negating absurdity.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 25, 2001
Quite simply, it's exquisite filmmaking.
December 24, 2001
Like most movies directed by actors, this is a wonderful acting showcase.
December 24, 2001
We sense from its opening minutes that we are in the hands of accomplished storytellers.
December 24, 2001
A rare cinematic creature: a very depressing film that gives you a lift with the sheer magic of its craft.
December 24, 2001
The actors, especially the leads, give performances ... rich, connected and full of nuance and spontaneity.
December 8, 2001
Field has directed it exquisitely.
December 3, 2001
Field exhibits a mastery of his craft many filmmakers never acquire in a lifetime.
November 28, 2001
Brilliant, lyrical, sensitive, literate and heartbreaking.
November 27, 2001
It's a really powerful piece of work.
November 26, 2001
Succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.
November 26, 2001
Field has made a movie in which everything feels organic, nothing seems untrue and the effect is unforgettable.
November 24, 2001
As good as the performances are, much of the movie flounders.
November 24, 2001
Must-see viewing for anyone who complains Hollywood doesn't make movies for grownups.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 23, 2001
With performances that will raise the hairs on the back of your head, it's a film that knows the private geography of love, grief and obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 23, 2001
An astonishingly rich, detailed and grimly moving piece of work.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 21, 2001
A serious drama about violence and morality that plays out with a fatalistic intensity somewhere between Greek tragedy and film noir.
November 20, 2001
The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama In the Bedroom.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
November 15, 2001
An uncommonly good movie -- a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 17, 2001
Field's leisurely buildup forestalls but doesn't prevent his movie's mutation into a granola Death Wish.