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Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne

1995
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 12m
A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid. (imdb)
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Dolores Claiborne

1995
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 12m
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Avg Percentile 57.25% from 855 total ratings

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Rated 31 Aug 2018
80
77th
John C Reilly has not a single wrinkle , smooth as eggs. Kathy Bates good.
Rated 25 May 2011
80
75th
A one-woman show - wonderful performance by a brilliant Bates.
Rated 30 May 2009
76
42nd
Good performances although the story is a bit predictable.
Rated 22 Jan 2023
70
66th
Bates is an unlikely leading actress that doesn't have the stunning looks to propel her forward like so many of her colleagues so i always feel her stardom is really based on her merit and it shows, again. She's such a joy to watch, even if Kings quirky-idiom-foulmouthing feels a bit geriatric at times. Movie could have been 45m shorter as there's some sand in the gears in the end when police and courtroom tropes are sought to reach closure to an otherwise very good story, one of Kings best
Rated 12 Oct 2008
49
34th
Very suspenseful. I would have liked it infinitely better without the cranky, fucked-up-adult daughter stealing all the otherwise good scenes. Bates was brilliant!
Rated 18 Oct 2007
95
78th
Kathy Bates may have won the oscar for "Misery," but her performance in this film is easily her best work. The rest of the oscar caliber cast is equally good, which by itself makes this one of the best films of the 90s.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
84
60th
Kathy Bates is very good here.
Rated 05 May 2015
86
66th
this is the kind of crime drama, suspense/thriller i love. good acting, not to much phantasy, great story.
Rated 25 Apr 2011
72
42nd
Good characterizations and a standout performance by Bates. I also liked some of the editing choices. But as more and more story secrets were revealed, I found myself less and less interested. By the end it all seemed obvious and routine, with the last ten minutes playing out like a makeshift and cliched courtroom drama.
Rated 26 Mar 2008
80
74th
Loved the performances. Loved the tension. Loved the movie. Simple as that.
Rated 22 Mar 2015
70
53rd
Given the talent of the cast (Bates in particular) and Gabriel Beristain's cinematography director Taylor Hackford could have made something more than JUST a good crime drama.
Rated 02 Aug 2007
70
27th
Not a good adaptation.
Rated 11 May 2024
75
97th
These are the kinds of films i live for. It's a character focused mystery thriller drama primarily, and a subtle horror. Rich, interesting characters and an interesting story. I love 90s thrillers. I loved this film. Excellent acting, excellent drama, atmosphere, style, music. I thoroughly loved it, and couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen or want to do anything else i was that immersed. And those are the best kind of films.
Rated 05 Jan 2014
69
57th
Realistic and solid. An un-King story, but solid in every aspect. Too bad I felt it lacked something more, something to make it special.
Rated 01 Aug 2008
80
70th
Very solid flick that holds up over a decade later. Cathy Bates is fantastic, and the realization that the father is a child molester is a scene that keeps sticking with me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
54
13th
Drab and bleak.
Rated 24 Aug 2007
60
53rd
Faithful adaptation to the Stephen King novel. Seeing as how it was one of SK's weakest novels to date, it was a tough movie to make great. It works, it was well acted, but the writing is, well, a bit stiff.
Rated 10 Mar 2012
88
95th
This movie was very good. I did not expect Kathy Bates to be better than she was in Misery, but she was. Judy Parfitt was very good, and so was Christopher Plummer, as a detective who harbors revenge. A very good drama, and probably one of the better Steven King adaptations.
Rated 01 Feb 2008
100
95th
Outstanding adaptation of Mr. King's novel. The daughter, who hardly even speaks much in the novel, is made a major character here, which solves a lot of the problems of getting the points and the richness of the story across. Bates, Leigh, and Plummer are all great
Rated 10 Apr 2009
50
67th
Effective melodrama with feminist overtones: all the women are abused or misunderstood, all the men are abusers; what saves it from too much oversimplification is the revelation of the reasons for the edgy relationship between mother and daughter.
Rated 10 Feb 2015
70
51st
Despite Christopher Plummer, who is horribly miscast, as the detective, and some overblown speechifying, Kathy Bates delivers yet again as another murderous King leading lady.
Rated 28 Nov 2021
0
0th
One of the worst books/movies ever
Rated 09 Sep 2018
80
55th
I enjoyed 'Misery', but I wasn't as much of a fan as it's reputation had me expecting. Kathy Bates performance as Dolores has convinced me I need to revisit because she's fantastic. As far as the novel, I always thought it somewhat underappreciated amongst King's ouevre - impressive for it's sprawling, immersive monologue of a narrative but overlooked for it's slow pace. The best parts of the novel (style and form) don't really translate to the screen, but it's still a damn solid adaptation.
Rated 04 Feb 2014
70
42nd
anne-kiz, baba-kiz, kari-koca, hizmetçi-hanim, cinayet-kaza, sorusturma, ensest, ada (Dolares, yasli Vera'nin yaninda bakicik yapmaktadir. Vera merdivenden yuvarlanir. Elinde oklava vardir ve kadina vurmak üzeridir. O anda içeri postaci girer. Vera ölmüstür ve Dolores süpheli durumdadir. On bes yildir görmegi gazetecilik yapan kizi Selena annesinin yanina döner. Ailenin geçmisiyle hesaplasmasi gerekir. Selena, babsiyla ilgili geçmisinin üzerine sünger çekmistir. Gereksiz uzamis. 2 Zamanli.
Rated 04 Sep 2014
10
89th
Hugely underseen Stephen King story. Very dark and also funny too.
Rated 21 Aug 2011
75
77th
Bates is an extraordinary actress, even if her dialect in this is hard on the ears, and Plummer is top-drawer as always. In terms of structure, it's great; the jumps in time are beautifully done. A fairly good plot, too, but the melodrama parts are pitched a bit high for my taste at times.
Rated 22 Feb 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 22 Apr 2009
68
72nd
Good Movie
Rated 21 Jan 2024
83
32nd
The mid 90s were a good time for the King.
Rated 17 Mar 2022
73
47th
Dolores Claiborne deals with very difficult themes with admirable grace. It is a performance piece at its core. All together anchored by Kathy Bates second turn in a Stephen King story.
Rated 07 Jan 2013
89
76th
full rvw at Letterboxd. It's a tale that could have been told, easily, in ninety minutes. But it's one of a select few films I've seen recently that I felt really made use of its extended screen time, effectively escalating our interest in proceedings and delivering crucial character detail. Engaging, through and through.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
85
94th
damn good drama
Rated 11 Aug 2014
80
50th
Mildred Pierce done right.

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