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In the Bedroom

In the Bedroom

2001
Drama, Crime
2h 11m
Set in a tranquil town on the coast of Maine, In the Bedroom tells the story of a couple (Spacek, Wilkinson) whose only child is involved in a love affair with a single mother (Tomei). When the relationship comes to a sudden and tragic end, each person must face the intensely difficult decision of how to respond. (Miramax)
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In the Bedroom

2001
Drama, Crime
2h 11m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
48th
Wonderful performances all around; the story towards the end, for me, kind of fell apart.
Rated 01 Aug 2011
85
85th
The acting is top drawer here, as Todd Field directs his ensemble to perfection. The eternal problem "revenge vs. forgiveness" is pictured greatly with a superb tension and nerve, and you can almost reach out your hand and touch the characters. One of the 00's many great american independence films (or at least, it looks indie), In the Bedroom asks us how we forgive murder, how we adapt to life after tragedy. But most importantly, it shows us a side of ourselves. Sublime.
Rated 09 Dec 2006
60
38th
I liked Todd Field as a director, but what I can't stand in this film is that he obviously knows he should remain neutral towards his characters and plot, but he just can't stop taking sides... By the way, Tom Wilkinson should've won the Oscar!
Rated 18 Mar 2009
62
12th
All of the performances are very good, especially Wilkinson. However, In The Bedroom is too slow storywise, which doesn't mean it's necessarily boring, but it does hurt the film's already formulaic and predictable plot.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
98
98th
Quite simply a modern-day masterpiece. The acting on all fronts is pitch perfect (both Spacek and Wilkinson deserved Oscars, without a doubt). Field's exceptional and profoundly unique directing style sets a tone of silent suspense that creeps through every minute of the film. It hits me so hard every time I watch it.
Rated 22 Jun 2010
3
38th
In the Bedroom is a very moving and subdued portrait of grief. The acting from Spacek and Wilkinson is really impressive, and you feel for their loss and inability to communicate their feelings with each other. And then, the movie rushes to fill in the plot with an unlikely and incongruous turn that undermines what's preceded it to that point. It's still an excellent film, but unfortunately ends on a poor note.
Rated 21 Jul 2010
100
94th
A fantastic film. Not only is Marisa Tomei at her beautiful and sexy best, but the film features one of the most devastating and confronting plot and character twists at the conclusion of the first act. Cold and dark, the film explores social and relational realism and the effects of grief.
Rated 13 Jun 2011
93
87th
Simmering, intense drama; provides a welcome showcase for Spacek and Wilkinson. Both turn in career-best performances, with excellent support work by Tomei. Field's oddball direction mines unexpected humour from unlikely situations (the door-knocking girl guide) and the story itself is rich with literary symbolism, with more than a dose of MACBETH, especially in the disturbing conclusion, which grows even more troubling on reflection. A quite extraordinary film, if somewhat austere at times.
Rated 15 Jan 2012
70
67th
It's a drama with lots of emotion with several great performances plus beautiful cinematography - total Oscar film. That's not to disparage it at all - it was really good. My favourite part about it was how well and accurately it dealt with the nature of grief and tragedy and how true-to-life it felt.
Rated 07 Apr 2014
50
49th
This movie is a slow burn. The acting was good, but the pacing is slow and some of the story is left untold. Some unnecessary scenes and many missed opportunities to show more action and emotion. Basically, there were all the ingredients here to make a much better movie. The ending was very abrupt and lacked the emotional response it needed. I enjoyed watching this, but it really could have been much better.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
65
75th
it s really easy to kill a man
Rated 27 Feb 2007
90
40th
gripping tale of a everyday family's ability to cope with social problems that appear very common today
Rated 08 Mar 2007
75
89th
Great film.
Rated 10 Apr 2007
80
61st
Excellent, heartwrenching portrayal of grief and desparation.
Rated 14 Apr 2007
60
47th
Sissy Spacek in another revenge movie, only this one is aimed at adults and entirely too slow. Hmmmmm....
Rated 04 Jun 2007
88
81st
Todd Field's In the Bedroom is excellent from start to finish.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
17th
Too drawn out. I don't know why the critics went crazy for it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
90th
At first glance, this looks like a wholesome (boring) movie, but it quickly takes a turn for the terrifying.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
67th
Skilled cast, great plot.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
36th
This..... should...... have...... and..... could...... have.....been .....great....but....it......just.......dragged......and......dragged.....and.....dragged....and...................
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
91st
Outstanding.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
70
63rd
Slow but effective
Rated 31 Mar 2008
0
0th
Sometimes I think I am the only person who hated this movie. It was torture.
Rated 17 May 2008
75
48th
Poor Nik Stahl. William Mapother has the perfect creepy villain face.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
80
70th
This is worth a rental. Good acting.
Rated 01 Jan 2009
8
80th
In The Bedroom is fantastic up until the last 20 minutes, when it takes a weird and unlikely turn that I still don't really understand.
Rated 18 Feb 2009
87
91st
Mountains of unspoken angst. I hated the bad guy's hair and his character is made too easy to hate. But, the cast is good all around and Tom Wilkinson is amazing.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
67
61st
Quiet, observant film explores how grief affects a longtime married couple and the people around them. Rock-solid performances by all the lead actors.
Rated 19 Oct 2009
95
93rd
While the story itself is rather simple, the multilayered performances and the way Field resists exploitation makes this a complex masterpiece that doesn't hide the moral questions or seek to thrill with violence.
Rated 21 Oct 2009
92
81st
You can actually feel Tom Wilkinson's blood coming to a slow boil. Highly recommended.
Rated 14 Dec 2009
85
83rd
Excellent movie.
Rated 26 Feb 2010
85
66th
A minor film, but excellent acting from Wilkinson, Spacek and Tomei make this well worth your time.
Rated 18 Mar 2010
82
67th
Great acting and a solid emotional exploration. The shift in tone a third of the way through took me by surprise and was very effective, leading to some good character exploration. While the film didn't really drag, it did go on a bit long, with the power of the content being slowly diluted by overindulgence in ultimately unneeded and badly developed plot.
Rated 14 May 2010
70
63rd
Can't remember, think it was decent and that MArisa Tomei was really really hot in it, will have to rewatch and rate.
Rated 06 Jun 2010
90
85th
I found the movie to have odd pacing, but it is very well crafted.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
100
94th
Todd Field will make the best movie of all time some day.
Rated 26 Nov 2010
78
82nd
Drags on a bit in the middle, but the final act was brilliant.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
84
77th
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Rated 08 Jan 2011
35
90th
"From subdued study of loss to airtight thriller, In the Bedroom's fascinating lack of closure suggests that grief is eternal." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 26 Apr 2011
77
88th
Good Movie
Rated 15 May 2011
79
78th
Excellent and subtle exploration of the grief of a middle aged couple who lose their only son. It has a great sense of place and community, the spaces between scenes are very evocative.
Rated 24 May 2011
6
52nd
Solid drama.
Rated 17 Jul 2011
90
85th
Tom Wilkinson. Yesterday he was "that guy." Now he's "that guy from In the Bedroom. And Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That guy who plays doctors, basically."
Rated 10 Mar 2012
75
62nd
Would have been a better film had the first half of the movie not been a slow, dull crawl. The second half is much better and builds to a good climax, but the ending after that climax was very disappointing. The performances were good, but nothing great. If you want to see a film that succeeds in the areas where this failed I'd recommend House of Sand and Fog.
Rated 28 Apr 2012
80
85th
A superb examination of grief, injustice and taking the law into one's hand, bolstered by a tight script, strong direction and excellent performances from Wilkinson, Spacek and Tomei. Although the film can get a little slow at places, it still leads to a forceful, poignant conclusion and Field's terse, minimalistic helming gives the film greater intensity than a more dramatic approach could have ever brought.
Rated 04 Sep 2012
70
13th
Extremely predictable, bland and boring. Would have given it a higher rating if it wasn't so painfully slow. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. The best part was when it ended, i said "that's it?" and "finally."
Rated 10 Sep 2012
85
59th
Field's editing and framing is distinctive, as is the humor he tends to find in dark moments. The performances in this one are all phenomenal. I was especially impressed with Tom Wilkinson as the devastated father. But much like Little Children, I'm ultimately left feeling empty, rather than getting the emotional reaction I want out of a film like this.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
84
79th
84.000
Rated 12 Oct 2014
3
2nd
Slower than the trails of smoke from Spacek's cigarettes, filled with non-characters that manage to make even murder dull.
Rated 19 Nov 2015
10
5th
Tries so hard to be emotional that it trips over itself and falls flat on its floppy fringed haircut.
Rated 23 May 2016
67
37th
Though not totally the fault of the film, this page's summary reveals enough to make the drama of the first ~40 minutes seem to wear on a bit long. What is faulty with the film is that the foreshadowing is faarrr too overt and so it's also hard to actually care much about the tensions of the last hour when the ending has largely been given away by the time we reach the halfway mark. The performances were good at least and I did enjoy the final minute a fair bit more than the preceding 30.
Rated 15 Aug 2016
73
55th
It achieves to be a dramatic story without being overdramatic. In a very undertoned manner, it creates an intriguing tale which I enjoyed more than I expected. It has great acting all around,but Mapother really stood apart with a character that makes his presence felt with a total of 5-10 minutes of appreance.
Rated 17 Dec 2018
70
45th
Top badass moment? Was pleased to see Tom Wilkinson’s got himself a good job as a doctor. Seems all that naked dancing in the Full Monty finally paid off. Watching this film was a bit like drinking alcohol-free beer. Everything (good acting, cinematography, script, etc) seemed to be in place, yet I felt somewhat unaffected by it. Actually I feel a bit ripped-off for not being depressed by it as much as I ought to have been. Back to real life for me then... No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 11 Mar 2020
91
97th
Seen: 2.
Rated 28 Apr 2020
65
51st
Great, up until the tragedy. It then slows to a boring crawl with a few minutes of interesting story again at the end.
Rated 22 Nov 2022
80
68th
It's a quiet and literate film with not a single bad performance. Wilkinson and Spacek know these characters so well that even when they do surprising things, you can see that their actions emerge from everything they have done before them.
Rated 16 Jan 2023
79
50th
Very good true-to-life writing and characterisation and many exceptional performances (Spacek and Wilkinson ABSOLUTELY should have won the Oscars that year) elevate what is otherwise a somewhat conventional story. Field has a very assured grasp on the tone, especially for his debut feature.

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