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Hours

7/10
Drama . Thriller
 

A father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

 
Actors: Paul Walker , Génesis Rodríguez , Nick Gomez , Tony Bentley , Judd Lormand , Lena Clark , Kerry Cahill , Nancy Nave , TJ Hassan , J. Omar Castro , Genesis Rodriguez , Shane Jacobsen
Directors: Eric Heisserer
Country: USA
Release: 2013-12-04
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  • Joe Leydon

    An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama.

    Variety Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Mr. Walker is convincing as a man battling grief, exhaustion and, occasionally, an intruding outside world where lawlessness has taken hold.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The film stirs richer, truer feelings once it becomes a one-man show. This is due both to Heisserer's and Walker's skill — the tension is strong, the scenario elemental, and Walker's harried, urgent hero is compelling — but also the fact that the movies are really good at dudes doing things, especially when those things are scrappy, desperate, and heroic.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Heisserer is able to keep the thrills coming while maintaining an emotional tether to the character and the situation. While occasionally the movie veers into the realm of implausible melodrama, it's a well-modulated affair and knows exactly when to pull itself back from the brink.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The film’s brooding tension would probably work even without the recent tragedy of real-life events. But now, while uneven, the film is uniquely involving — right down to a final shot that will break your heart into a million pieces.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Though a screenwriter by profession, Heisserer proves to be more economical with style than storytelling. Like a few too many contemporary genre films, Hours suffers from flashbackitis, a chronic condition that leads filmmakers to believe that a tragic backstory will add gravitas.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Compared to the “Fast and Furious” films, Hours is a chamber piece, but Walker wrings real pathos out of his instrument.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Heisserer doesn't get everything right, but he sure knows how to milk a taut ending, including a miraculous final shot, one that would have drawn tears even if Walker were still around. For those who wish to see the actor at his best, Hours is worth the time.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Most of the movie elicits tense empathy, which builds to a genuinely nerve-wracking sense of dread.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    This drama, about an ordinary guy trying to keep his infant daughter alive in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, is sincere but struggles as much as its hero.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    One only wishes Walker had stronger, better developed material instead of a promising drama that eventually unravels and seems overlong even with a running time of 96 minutes.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    From the evidence here, Walker’s forte may have been not action but stillness—a knack for embodying ordinary Joes without any fussiness. That we’ll never find out is truly a shame.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Though Walker, in his most demanding part, does his best to transcend his characteristically bro-ish demeanor, he’s ultimately failed by this film, whose script and questionable taste hardly add up to a eulogy-worthy goodbye.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Walker has few “big” scenes, no memorable dialogue and plays up the exhaustion, which tamps down the emotions of his performance. So even an action packed finale can’t rescue this dramatically thin exercise in one-man showmanship.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The movie is essentially a theater piece in which Nolan (Walker) is mostly alone on screen, making use of what he finds a la John McClane, but without the smart pacing or inventiveness of “Die Hard.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Tomas Hachard

    The film's fealty to history is both unnecessary and a hindrance, pulling us out of a story that could have easily been set in an anonymous city hit by a nondescript hurricane.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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