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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Despite Bates' mastery at bringing unexpected depth to unhinged characters, Dolores is a few pints low on chills and challenge. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's sometimes distracting to tell a story in flashbacks and memories; the story line gets sidetracked. The director, Taylor Hackford, is successful, however, in making the present seem to flow into and out of the past. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    All the performances are good, the script is subtle and waste-free and Danny Elfman's score is evocative and appropriate, but the direction is what gives the movie its sweep. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Kathy Bates, so memorably creepy in "Misery", delivers what may be 1995's most underrated performance in this implicitly feminist melodrama. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Although the forced ending, which seems deigned to create an unnatural moment of triumph, weakens the climactic catharsis, it doesn't diminish the naked honesty which forms the foundation of Dolores Claiborne. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Although director Taylor Hackford ("An Officer and a Gentleman") handles the usually cumbersome flashbacks with impressive delicacy, he can't stop the narrative from sinking under its own melodramatic weight. show more

  • 60
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Despite superb performances by Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh, a limp, almost TV movie trite, climax never comes near delivering the shocks it should. A shame, as what could have been superb, is merely average. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Second-guessing the audience in the third act takes some of the wind out of his sails (the film wraps up the loose ends so tightly you can practically see the bow), but Hackford does his best with a King tale that many thought would be unfilmable. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Kathy Bates gives her most gripping performance since "Misery," also based on a Stephen King thriller. The picture is weakened by a rambling and inconsistent screenplay. show more

  • September 19, 2008 Sweetrose
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    Bates is a great actress.Here she is a protective mother who senses things going on with her husband.This "filthy creep" takes all the hard earned money Dolores works for,and cheats his daughter out of college funds.When Joe gets drunk and crass,Dolores gets revenge and he gets his "just desserts";We find out Joe has been molesting selena,his innocent daughter.Dolores gets in law trouble.A detective hounds her because he knows something she did to her hubby. Joe gets angry,and she plants a hole he falls into.When a wealthy friend kills herself,the detective puts the blame on dolores again. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the confused Selena,who seems oblivious to what happened,until she takes the same ferry shared by her and her father.Bates is fabulous in any film she tackles.My favorite is "Fried Green Tomatoes, and I love her!

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