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The Hours

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Stephen Daldry

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About the Movie

Three women, separated by a span of nearly 80 years, find themselves weathering similar crises, all linked by a single work of literature in this film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham. In 1923, Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is attempting to start work on her novel Mrs. Dalloway, in which she chronicles one day in the life of a troubled woman. But Virginia has demons of her own, and she struggles to overcome the depression and suicidal impulses that have followed her throughout her life, as her husband Leonard (Stephen Dillane) ineffectually tries to help. In 1951, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is a housewife living in suburban Los Angeles, where she looks after her son Richie (Jack Rovello) and husband Dan (John C. Reilly). Laura is also an avid reader who is currently making her way through Mrs. Dalloway. The farther she gets into the novel, the more Laura discovers that it reflects a dissatisfaction she feels in her own life, and she finds herself pondering the notion of leaving her life behind. Finally, in 2000, Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep) is a literary editor who is caring for Richard Brown (Ed Harris), a former boyfriend and noted author, who is slowly losing his fight with AIDS. Clarissa is trying to arrange a party to celebrate the fact that Richard has won a prestigious literary award, but is getting little help from Richard's ex-lover, Louis (Jeff Daniels). As she labors to help Richard through another day, he wonders if his life is worth the unending struggle. The Hours also features Toni Collette, Miranda Richardson, Allison Janney, and Claire Danes.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 191
  • Fresh: 153
  • Rotten: 38
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Fragmented and stinking vaguely of literary pretentiousness, The Hours is a stretch -- it's missing the spinal fusion that might have held it together with the kind of cinematic coherence I found sadly lacking. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A compelling, moving film that respects its audience and its source material. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The acting, for the most part, is terrific, although the actors must struggle with the fact that they're playing characters who sometimes feel more like literary conceits than flesh-and-blood humans. – Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A moving essay about the specter of death, especially suicide. – Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


The Hours is an emotional and riveting movie. It is exceptional. Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Virgina Wolf and Meryl Streep received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Clarissa Vaughn. This movie was great! As a Meryl Streep fan, Meryl gives an excellent performance in this movie! I would recommend this movie!

This movie is awful don't waste your MONEY

This movie is stupid, dumb, lame and a wanna be art flim. I got sick watching this movie it makes no sense it jumps around from a writer to a bored house wife to a boring lesbian and theres no connection between any of them save your money you'll thank me

the Hours is one of the best movies ever!!

The Hours is one of the most expressive, beautiful movies I have ever seen. No other movie is like it...if only others would make movies like this one. Beautiful