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The Hours

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Smart, thoughtful movie for older teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2003 111 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

3 Actors at the top of their craft

Centering mental stress, suicide, and women's lives made all that more believable by three incredible performances. Kidman is almost unrecognizable except as Virginia Woolf. Streep is all-in awesome, but it is Moore that I think knocks it out of the park. Portraying a pristine China doll that is about to break into a million pieces and how she navigates life with the weight of patriarchy bearing down on her from all sides. A well directed and even better edited film that brings three eras into seamless conversation.
age 14+

A little disturbing, but exceptional film

This film is a masterpiece about life, death and unhappiness. There are three lesbians kissing and references to suicide but offers a good reflection on life.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

THE HOURS is a smart, thoughtful movie. It's beautifully directed by Steven Daldry and beautifully performed by Streep, Kidman, Moore, and supporting actors Harris, Claire Danes, and Toni Collette. Some audiences may find it pretentious, disturbing, or boring, but others will appreciate its subtlety and willingness to grapple with existential questions.

The Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham is, according to the author, a tribute to Woolf's view that "there are no ordinary lives, just inadequate ways of looking at them." He says, too, that Woolf "spent her career writing the extraordinary, epic tales of people who seem to be doing nothing unusual at all. If most great writers scan the heavens like astrophysicists, Woolf looked penetratingly at the very small, like a microbiologist. Through her books, we understand that the workings of atomic particles are every bit as mysterious as the workings of galaxies - it all depends on whether you look out or look in."

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