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Worth A Look: 21.43%
Average: 14.29%
Pretty Bad: 13.1%
Total Crap: 15.48%

5 reviews, 54 user ratings

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In the Bedroom
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Domestic violence"
5 stars

In the Bedroom is a domestic drama notable for its powerful ending and gripping performances. Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson are a couple whose family is torn asunder when their son’s relationship with a separated woman (Marisa Tomei) becomes serious, and her ex-husband intervenes.

Director Todd Field co-wrote the screenplay, based on a short story by Andre Dubus. He expands on the story by adding background detail of the characters’ lives in a small Maine fishing town. Field elicits moving and naturalistic performances from his cast, especially Spacek as a quietly controlling and bitter mother.

The film moves inexorably through three acts, which deal respectively with love, grief and anger. In the Bedroom considers what these emotions make people capable of. It raises everyday issues like children with two fathers, and the relationship between parents and adult children.

The final act admirably captures the determined coldness of the Dubus piece. Field, cinematographer Antonio Calvache and the actors present the climactic scenes without sentimentality or moralising. As a result, they’re difficult to shake from your memory.

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User Comments

9/22/17 morris campbell in the bedroom the boredom begins crap imho 1 stars
6/03/15 Jamie smoldering, brillant acting, incredibly superb. 5 stars
2/27/06 Steven Lewis Just wasn't that interesting... 2 stars
2/01/06 jcjss wow 5 stars
1/17/06 cody a movie with good story and good perfomances, shocking ending 3 stars
11/12/05 Stewart I hate this film with a burning passion! It is extraordinarily depressing and boring. 1 stars
8/27/05 ES too slow, movie shifts gears too much, characters are quiet like puppets with no puppeteers 1 stars
11/15/04 DM What the fuck is wrong with Jack Sommersby? 5 stars
2/24/04 Joe it was nice until the silly ending 2 stars
1/19/04 LIAM JACKSON i'm sorry but stahl deserved to get shot. you don't mow another guy's lawn! 5 stars
8/31/03 I Would Ponderious, soap opera style script and pretentiously directed, leave this one alone. 2 stars
6/23/03 the Grinch Not the best theatre film, but it's nasty and involving this one... 4 stars
6/09/03 Jon Lyrik Great acting, dire TV movie-esque writing, story and directing. 2 stars
1/05/03 y2mckay basic revenge drama greatly elevated by Tom Wilkinson 4 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Shameless, underwritten, and repugnant. 1 stars
12/23/02 Iris Dementia Praecox Victims blame victims until vigilanteism is carried out. Gruckin' foovy! 2 stars
11/16/02 Big Ted Where is Tom Wilkinson's Oscar!!! 5 stars
9/29/02 Peter Sherlock Good stuff! 4 stars
9/26/02 Ken I reject the belief that all movies must have total resolution. 5 stars
9/24/02 Susan Merritt was an extremely moving film that stays with you. Tom Wilkinson was perfection ! 5 stars
9/01/02 Doc Shock **yawn** zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 2 stars
8/24/02 spyguy2 Powerful stuff. This one gets inside you and sits for awhile. 5 stars
8/19/02 The Bomb 69 good acting but the story just didn't play out to be real, emotions were funny, slow 3 stars
3/26/02 Tracy Frummond Wilkinson should've been 4th in best actor race, still better than chosen winner. 3 stars
3/25/02 Iris Dementia Praecox Victims blame victims until vigilanteism is carried out. Gruckin' foovy! 2 stars
3/23/02 Gina Westbrook Makes CDER HSE RULES, where Maine is at least an EQ. OPPRTUNTY redneck state, look better! 2 stars
3/17/02 Teresa Great movie. I would never tell anyone, "Go see it." It is very heavy. 4 stars
3/16/02 Ziggy Stardust if you're relaxed and at peace, you'll enjoy this movie. 5 stars
3/15/02 the movie moose In The Bedroom is the best, most influential film of 2001 period 5 stars
3/13/02 Jimbo Very good film. Contemporary storyline. Slow but slow is good sometimes. 4 stars
3/12/02 spaceworm Tom Wilkenson is [pick your superlative]. 5 stars
3/05/02 amir bama 5 stars
3/05/02 luka1717 i expected alot more from this, it was very slow and very boring for the most part 2 stars
2/23/02 hamad sex photos 1 stars
2/21/02 vanilla quiche suh-looooooow film, amazing acting 4 stars
2/17/02 Bueller Bring your heart and brain with you for this one. Want brain candy? See an Ahh-nold flick. 4 stars
2/17/02 AgentDS Pretty good, but overhyped. 4 stars
2/02/02 elizaveta Son getting shot was very predictable; I didn't buy the ending. 3 stars
1/30/02 Jon Jackson What's all the fuss? Where's the story? BORING! 2 stars
1/30/02 Carly Tense, but also overrated and anticlimactic. 3 stars
1/24/02 Albie Wilkinson deserves an Oscar..moving and well acted flick 5 stars
1/24/02 Paco A very adult movie...quiet and heartbreaking 5 stars
1/20/02 HATTAN1978 sex 5 stars
1/20/02 Bonne Great movie 4 stars
1/20/02 Belinda Its about time! Something worth the money. 5 stars
1/20/02 Sarah Stratton A great thinking movie--don't see it if you aren't going to think about it after it's over. 5 stars
1/19/02 Ken Pretentious and overwrought--avoid at all costs 1 stars
1/19/02 Suzz good but overrated; The Deep End was better 4 stars
1/18/02 Jason Moana Really well told story -- a movie you will think about, and enjoy, for a long time. 4 stars
1/14/02 Robert Brilliantly acted and thoughtfully done. 4 stars
1/13/02 daniboy pretty overrated. still a good movie though 3 stars
1/08/02 puckfreak ??? If you enjoyed "You can count on me" then you'll like this. 2 stars
12/13/01 Heather Haunting, moving movie about parents who have lost their son, great acting from Sissy & Tom 5 stars
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