Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne (1995)

A daughter who has come to imagine the worst about her mother learns the facts are quite different -- and more shocking than she ever imagined -- in this adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel. Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 24, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Post-Misery Kathy Bates proves to be another wonderful conduit for Stephen King's novels in this patient, gradually terrifying thriller.

Brian Lowry

Deftly cutting between the past and the present, director Taylor Hackford manages to establish a compelling mood and pace even though the pic lacks a thriller's true "Aha!" moment.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I was surprised how affecting the movie was, mostly because Bates and Leigh formed such a well-matched and convincing pair. Does this movie creep up on you? Oh, my gravy.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

It is well-acted and nicely textured, but scenes of euthanasia and child molestation, a flurry of violence and confusing flashbacks, and Leigh's hard, angry face ensure that it's no barrel of laughs.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The role of Dolores may be rough around the edges, but it's a windfall for Ms. Bates, who does a walloping good job.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

An engrossing, unsettling and, at times, powerful psychological thriller.

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Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

A patient and mature thriller featuring a protagonist fascinating in her agony.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The mysteries of "Dolores Claiborne" are never gripping enough to consume an audience, and there are few, if any, surprises along the way. But the women are wonderful and reason enough to see the picture.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There are no chain saws, prosthetic hooks, apparitions or dead pets here, but you're kept at the edge of your seat almost to the end.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Denso e melancólico, o filme supera suas ocasionais falhas de roteiro graças às fortes atuações de seu elenco feminino (incluindo a jovem Ellen Muth).

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
A rather untypical Stephen King story, although some of his regular motifs return, was turned into one of the best adaptions of his books. Set in the grey,… More
familiar stranger
This was far better than what I was expecting. (Even though I'm a Stephen King fan in general, this particular plot didn't seem too interesting to… More
Melvin White
Constable: Going on a morning walk? Dolores Claiborne: No, I'm just packing the get-away boat, so I can make my great escape. Dolores Claiborne is a… More
Alexis Nomm
Not as good as Misery, but is any Kathy Bates move as good as that one? There's a lot of misery in this movie, everyone seems so unhappy. I wanted it to be… More
Aj V
A shocking drama from King, about a mother and daughter and a secret. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, and I think you will be too. I highly… More
Saskia D.
Personally I think Stephen King's more realistic story's are his best, including his book Dolores Claiborne. And Kathy Bates is perfect for the role… More