In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 23, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Expertly crafted and performed, In the Bedroom is a quietly wrenching portrayal of grief.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Lingers in the mind, suffusing melancholy with the fateful pall of dread that hangs over all of life's pleasures.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Much of the film's unsettling nature is comprised of sheer silence which is often the most dangerous element...

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

So emotionally pure and rigorous that you're more than willing to go along with it.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Field has a talent for drawing us directly into his characters' lives and making us feel what they feel.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The story and direction are powerful enough. But it's the acting that takes In the Bedroom higher.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

There has probably not been a more adult American film made in the last year.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The real story is in how the marriage is strengthened or harmed by the way each spouse responds to what's happening.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Eric S
Analogous title for a flm that deals with this state in various ways. Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, and Marisa Tomei shine in this dismal tale of devastation in… More
Leigh Ryan
Well done and great cast.
Dan Schultz
An expertly crafted film concerning a family dealing with grief. Tom Wilkinson impresses yet again, in his most accomplished performance yet as a respected man… More
Mason Williams
In The Bedroom, is a very strong ensemble cast of a film. Sissy Spacek, Marisa Tomei, and Tom Wilkinson. The movie centers around a small town that has many… More
Alice Shen
This film is nigh perfect until 1/3 of the way through, when it starts trying too hard to portray the subtlety of a grieving family. The fights - while… More
Manu Gino
Supposely this movie was nominated for best picture and I really dont know why cause it wasn't a big deal except the beauty of Marisa Tomei. When a film… More