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The Hours

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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.