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Hours 2013

Critics score:
61 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Kyle Smith, New York Post: To the extent the film has an idea, it's that people can be at their worst (or best) in extremis, but the situations it devises (such as an armed looter who wanders in to steal some of Nolan's junk food) are blandly realized. Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety: An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama. Read more

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club: Take away the on-the-nose title and some half-hearted stabs at symbolism, and what's left is a B-thriller of the "they don't make 'em like they used to" variety. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Most of the movie elicits tense empathy, which builds to a genuinely nerve-wracking sense of dread. Read more

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times: Hurricane Katrina has already been pretty thoroughly mined for documentaries and fictional stories, but "Hours" holds your interest nonetheless. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: Hours has a great B-movie premise, but at 97 minutes, the strain of keeping the story going, and throwing more obstacles in Nolan's way, starts to show. Read more

R. Kurt Osenlund, Time Out: There's something vexing about the use of a baby as narrative device, and the movie leans too heavily on her inborn potential for heart-tuggery. Read more

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice: Here's a hero who's maybe like you, suffering like you might but also scraping through like you hope you could. Read more

Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture: While uneven, the film is uniquely involving - right down to a final shot that will break your heart into a million pieces. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: Walker's performance - along with the film - gets more and more engrossing. Read more