The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour (1961)

Based on the 1934 play by Lillian Hellman, The Children's Hour is set at an exclusive girl's school managed by best friends Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine. When student Karen Balkin is punished for one of her many misdeeds, the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Heavy-handed and can't shake its languor.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Well-acted, albeit dated treatment of a then-taboo topic

Emanuel Levy

Though well-acted by Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn, this second version of Lillian Hellman's play about the malice of lies is not as powerful as the first, in 1936, also helmed by William Wyler.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Closer to the play than Wyler's first effort at the story, but oddly less compelling.

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Kevin M. Williams
Lillian Hellman, when she mounted the New York play of her work, noted that the piece was more about the damning power of gossip, and the undercurrent of that… More
Randy Tippy
Director William Wyler is known for getting the best from his actors and <i>The Children's Hour</i> is certainly no exception. James Garner,… More
Carlos Magalhães
From a moral point of view, this is a terribly outdated drama (even if daring for then) that serves as a portrait of an ugly time when it would be considered a… More
Melvin White
Martha: But why this lie? She found the lie with the ounce of truth. Don't you see?  "What Made These Women Different?" The Children's… More
Spencer S.
Thrillers like this, with this amount of tension and political incorrectness, don't get made anymore. Maybe it's because the subject matter is so… More
Dean McKenna
Originally this was a moderately well-received play by Lillian Hellman, which director William Wyler filmed in 1937 (as <i>These Three</i>). Not… More