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Based on 39 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    These three unimprovable actresses make The Hours a thing of beauty. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is something rare, especially considering how fine the novel is, a film that's fuller and deeper than the book. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Richly layered, deliberately paced, dealing with difficult emotions and life decisions, it feels like a moody wintry afternoon. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The links and resonances remain largely abstract -- to understand them isn't necessarily to be moved by them -- while the individual dramas of those three lives are often stirring, and the three starring performances are unforgettable. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Though Daldry elicits brilliant performances, particularly from Meryl Streep and Claire Danes, on balance The Hours is more pretentious than penetrating about existential despair. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A meticulous, elaborate stunt, a movie two degrees of separation from its source, and maybe another degree from viewers' hearts. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Kidman, Moore, and Streep do some of their best work, backed by a first-rank supporting cast. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    For a movie audience, The Hours doesn't connect in a neat way, but introduces characters who illuminate mysteries of sex, duty and love. show more

  • 88
    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 that brings the delicately formed characters to full, raging, sorrowful life. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Brilliantly interweaves stories that take place decades apart, and features stellar work by three of the best English-speaking actresses: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. show more

  • February 26, 2014 sbm54pswf
    Report This User

    I'm a reasonable fellow, but the characters are so dark and gloomy to the point that I actually found myself applauding a suicide. Also this film confirms what I've always suspected: Women are all unapologetic lesbians. [Score: Lesbians 1 Heterosexuals 0] Abolish Gender Apartheid that'll fix um

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