• Released
  • December 27, 2002
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 54 min
  • Drama
  • 21 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: The writings of Virginia Woolf affect a housewife and emulate the life of a New Yorker.

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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is something rare, especially considering how fine the novel is, a film that's fuller and deeper than the book.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Kidman, Moore, and Streep do some of their best work, backed by a first-rank supporting cast.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The links and resonances remain largely abstract -- to understand them isn't necessarily to be moved by them -- while the individual dramas...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
For a movie audience, The Hours doesn't connect in a neat way, but introduces characters who illuminate mysteries of sex, duty and love.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
These three unimprovable actresses make The Hours a thing of beauty.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Richly layered, deliberately paced, dealing with difficult emotions and life decisions, it feels like a moody wintry afternoon.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Still: The Hours is a book about people writing, reading, and living another book, and that literariness makes the movie resist itself.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
While we can admire their attractive exteriors, we don't know anything about the interior lives of the three women so vibrantly miserable...
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A meticulous, elaborate stunt, a movie two degrees of separation from its source, and maybe another degree from viewers' hearts.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Though Daldry elicits brilliant performances, particularly from Meryl Streep and Claire Danes, on balance The Hours is more pretentious...
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Rated PG-13 | For Some Disturbing Images, Mature Thematic Elements and Brief Language
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up.
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