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Spanning across various time periods in the 20th Century, a drama which revolves around three very different women: two of whom have been profoundly affected by the works of Virginia Woolf; the other woman is Woolf, herself. All three are battling with issues of freedom, responsibility and identity. As the story unfolds, they are negotiating their way through different depressive states: Virginia Woolf is struggling to write her novel "Mrs. Dalloway" in 1923, as she recovers from depression; Laura Brown is a depressed and pregnant L.A. housewife who reads Woolf's novel in 1949,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"David Hare's screen adaptation reduces Woolf and her art to a set of feminist stances and a few plot points, without reference to style or form."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film actually improves on Cunningham's novel, thanks to gorgeous cinematography, a deft script by playwright David Hare ... a mournful, melodious but never intrusive score by Philip Glass and a superb cast."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The Hours totally engrosses me... It somehow deepens the [book's] themes to see the bodies, scrutinize the faces, smell the money, feel the flatness of the screen."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"If this movie is about how some choose not to live, it's also just as much about why others choose to go on."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"A boldly realised, affecting work."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A compelling, moving film that respects its audience and its source material."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Daldry's screen version is well acted but too literal, failing to convey the complexity or the lyricism of Cunningham's seminal novel."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film's true star is its script."
‑ Darrin Keene, Film Threat
"Does make you think, but it doesn't entertain."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"A puzzling and forbidding strangeness."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"As stunning an acting showcase as you'll find."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"More than just Oscar bait; it's a veritable Oscar bait and tackle shop."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Life may or may not be everything it's cracked up to be. This movie most definitely is."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"'In a sublime collaboration, David Hare and Stephen Daldry have created a delicate atmosphere of inchoate sadness.'"
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, Las Vegas Mercury
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