The Hours

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Released 2003

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Director:
Stephen Daldry
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
The Hours is a 2002 drama about three women living in different times who are all connected by the book "Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is having difficulty writing her latest book, "Mrs. Dalloway," in 1923. She is beset by suicidal thoughts, which worries her husband, Leonard (Stephen Dillane). Twenty-eight years later, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is living in Los Angeles, expecting the birth of her second child. Despite her outwardly happy life, she is quite miserable and is considering killing herself to escape her dreary life. Fifty years later, Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) is planning a party for her one-time lover, Richard Brown (Ed Harris), a poet who is dying from AIDS. While Virginia is writing "Mrs. Dalloway" and Laura is reading "Mrs. Dalloway," Clarissa virtually embodies the character in her fastidious behavior. The Hours explores the way in which art can run like a thread through strangers' lives, uniting their common difficulty in finding a happy life.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Ms. Kidman, in a performance of astounding bravery, evokes the savage inner war waged by a brilliant mind against a system of faulty wiring that transmits a searing, crazy static i...

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A splendid film. It uses all the resources of cinema -- masterful writing, superb acting, directorial intelligence, an enveloping score, top-of-the-line production design, costumes...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Considerable intelligence and strategic finesse have been brought to bear on this handsomely mounted adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which was hard...

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Drama

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Psychological, Gay & Lesbian, Historical