Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 24, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Hours

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/27/02
performer
Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Stephen Dillane, Ed Harris, Allison Janney, John C. Reilly, Jack Rovello
director
Stephen Daldry
Producer
Scott Rudin
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
David Hare
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Somewhere between Virginia Woolf’s revolutionary 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway, Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1998 fictional variation on Woolf’s Dalloway themes, and this handsome, unsubtle, hellbent-for-Oscar adaptation of Cunningham’s novel, a work meant to feel liquid has become a cinematic solid. And while we can admire the refinements of Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep (respectively playing Woolf, a young housewife in 1950s Los Angeles, and a middle-aged book editor in modern-day Greenwich Village), we don’t learn anything about the interior lives of the three women so vibrantly miserable in their unhappiness.

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