Dolores Claiborne

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Released 1995

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Director:
Taylor Hackford
Released:
1995
Rating:
R
Dolores Claiborne is the 1995 dramatic thriller adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling novel directed by acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Ray). The film concerns a woman, Selena (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who returns to her hometown island off the coast of Maine after her mother, Dolores (Kathy Bates) is convicted of the murder of an eccentric woman she took care of for many, many years. Selena, who suffered a rough childhood with her abusive alcoholic father, Joe (David Strathairn), isn't happy to be back, and she holds a grudge against her mother, suspecting it was Dolores who was also involved in the death of her father. While Selena stays at the dilapidated home which used to be hers as a child, confrontation and memories of both their troubled pasts cause the two to clash, and the horrible memories of what they suffered through years before come back to them, all amidst the murder investigation where Dolores is the prime suspect.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Written as a book-length harangue from its heroine's point of view, and directed efficiently by Taylor Hackford, Dolores Claiborne has become a vivid film that revolves around Ms. ...

  • 70

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Deftly cutting between the past and the present, director Taylor Hackford manages to establish a compelling mood and pace even though the pic lacks a thriller's true "Aha!" moment

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Director Taylor Hackford brings an appropriate level of pulpy energy to the telling, and star Kathy Bates... gives a better performance than the film deserves as the grumpy and pos...

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