The Hours
The Hours (2002)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 27, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

The script, the score, the sets, the costumes, and the direction are all Oscar quality, and incredible performances from Kidman, Moore, Streep and Harris make The Hours seem like minutes.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A boldly realised, affecting work.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

A compelling, moving film that respects its audience and its source material.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

A puzzling and forbidding strangeness.

Tom Long
Detroit News

As stunning an acting showcase as you'll find.

Emanuel Levy

Daldry's screen version is well acted but too literal, failing to convey the complexity or the lyricism of Cunningham's seminal novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Really fine acting from all but how could the academy justify giving Kidman a Best Actress Oscar for her contribution here. At best she's supporting and… More
"<i><b>The Hours</i></b>, is a sad depressing film. Besides that though, very good. It is filled with top notch actresses and a few… More
Spencer S.
They called the book "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham unfilmable, but taking a lot of risks adapter David Hare found this to be easily filmed, almost… More
Lucas Martins
Great actings in a sentimental, but nice picture.
Chris Weber
Adapted from a seemingly 'unfilmable' novel, this this the story of three women from three different time periods who are all connected in some way to… More
Kevin M. Williams
I had this for months and wouldn't watch it, afraid of what it might say while unclear as to what that might be. Well, its about living a life of quiet,… More