Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
The result is something rare, especially considering how fine the novel is, a film that's fuller and deeper than the book. Read full review
Kidman, Moore, and Streep do some of their best work, backed by a first-rank supporting cast. Read full review
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. Read full review
For a movie audience, The Hours doesn't connect in a neat way, but introduces characters who illuminate mysteries of sex, duty and love. Read full review
These three unimprovable actresses make The Hours a thing of beauty. Read full review
Richly layered, deliberately paced, dealing with difficult emotions and life decisions, it feels like a moody wintry afternoon. Read full review
Still: The Hours is a book about people writing, reading, and living another book, and that literariness makes the movie resist itself. Read full review
While we can admire their attractive exteriors, we don't know anything about the interior lives of the three women so vibrantly miserable in their unhappiness. Read full review
A meticulous, elaborate stunt, a movie two degrees of separation from its source, and maybe another degree from viewers' hearts. Read full review
Though Daldry elicits brilliant performances, particularly from Meryl Streep and Claire Danes, on balance The Hours is more pretentious than penetrating about existential despair. Read full review
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