In the Bedroom
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Character actor and noted photographer Todd Field made his directorial debut with this emotionally powerful drama, which earned enthusiastic reviews at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) is a handsome and amiable young man who has recently graduated from high school and is spending the summer working as a lobster fisherman before heading off to college in the fall. Frank is also involved with Natalie (Marisa Tomei), an attractive woman ten years his senior who is separated from her husband Richard (William Mapother), though their divorce has not yet been finalized.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"It's tempting to compare this film to Ordinary People, since both deal with the reaction of upper-middle class family to the accidental death of their son, though new movie is more immediate, emotional and ambiguous."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...one of those rare films that so vividly paints a picture of a community, that afterwards you feel as though you've been there..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Minimalist acting is only interesting--and it can, of course, be intensely interesting--when it isn't providing a desperate cover for thematic inscrutability."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Wields a hypnotic sadness, handled so powerfully that it's only in hindsight when you start to question whether there's significance beyond the surface-level fury."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"So emotionally pure and rigorous that you're more than willing to go along with it."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The real story is in how the marriage is strengthened or harmed by the way each spouse responds to what's happening."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Few things are more sorrowful than a couple in a house of mourning with nothing but a wall of silence between them."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Occasionally straddles that delicate line between bordome and excess, yet never fails to maintain a certain lever of interest."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"My, what a delicately orchestrated film!"
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"Much of the film's unsettling nature is comprised of sheer silence which is often the most dangerous element..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"As top-drawer as the acting is, I simply can't buy the laboriously plotted revenge ending, which seems to have crawled out of Perry Mason's attic."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"...A whole greater than the sum of its parts."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Certainly worth looking into, but it feels a little too repressed for its own good."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"Field has told a great story with true internal passion"
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
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