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  • Summary: A father (Paul Walker) struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 16, 2013
    80
    An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Dec 10, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Dec 19, 2013
    70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 12, 2013
    60
    Most of the movie elicits tense empathy, which builds to a genuinely nerve-wracking sense of dread.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Dec 12, 2013
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Dec 10, 2013
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Dec 9, 2013
    25
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jan 24, 2014
    10
    This movie will probably be missed by many, which is sad because it's a great film. Paul Walker does a great performance (R.I.P, Paul) and heThis movie will probably be missed by many, which is sad because it's a great film. Paul Walker does a great performance (R.I.P, Paul) and he manages to carry this movie on his shoulders (similar to Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity, and Robert Redford in All Is Lost, both of which I liked and reviewed). He manages to keep interest from dwindling. Hours is a compelling film.

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  2. Mar 11, 2014
    9
    rip paul walker . this is a epic cool movie but is it based on a true story ? . it is fun and epic and watching paul walker survive with hisrip paul walker . this is a epic cool movie but is it based on a true story ? . it is fun and epic and watching paul walker survive with his movie baby but some scenes paul walker can be a idiot . Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2014
    9
    It´s a great movie which captures from beginning to end through the constant obstacles Paul Walker has to face in this suspension-packedIt´s a great movie which captures from beginning to end through the constant obstacles Paul Walker has to face in this suspension-packed movie. You can actually feel with him as he tries to save his newborn daughter by keeping the machine working manually. I was literally praying for him to make it. It´s definitely worth a peak! Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2015
    7
    One of the final movies of a fine actor of our time, Paul Walker. Small budget movie, only because of the story that did not require a grandOne of the final movies of a fine actor of our time, Paul Walker. Small budget movie, only because of the story that did not require a grand setting and spectacular graphics. The whole film takes place inside a hospital and a very few external shots glued to the narration in pieces to make an exciting tale. Its his back to back after 'Vehicle 19' which also had a limited cast. At least he and his directors with writers proved these kind of small movies has an equal level of interesting materials to the grand ones. So it's about how you make one with all the finite resources and the rest is left to the people who decides its fate.

    A trans-apocalyptic movie. Due to the circumstance where the story happens, there's no proper explanation for everything. Obviously leaves some doubts concerning the main plot, but what the story tells is the basic instinct of survival of any species of our world. So in this film all about stay alive and protect your loved ones or die trying.

    What a father's, at a time a husband's role should be when his family completely depends him. That's what the story where a man stands between his family and the hurdles that coming his way. Not a fancy visual film, but an entertaining thriller-drama gives extreme nail-biting moments with less talks and more in actions. Definitely a good movie

    7/10
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  5. Nov 10, 2014
    7
    Size doesn't matter as Hours manages to be a powerful movie for the late Paul Walker by being substantially compelling and emotional despiteSize doesn't matter as Hours manages to be a powerful movie for the late Paul Walker by being substantially compelling and emotional despite its blemishing final scene. Expand
  6. Feb 5, 2015
    7
    It's a massive undertaking of being a sole lead of a feature film like Tom Hanks did in Castaway or James Franco in 127 hours. While not asIt's a massive undertaking of being a sole lead of a feature film like Tom Hanks did in Castaway or James Franco in 127 hours. While not as brilliant as above, Paul Walker displayed a heartwarming and sincere performance as a father who struggles to protect his child. He was more known for starring in Fast & Furious franchise, along with many other action movies, but I feel Paul Walker had only begun to mature as an actor, he will be sorely missed.

    Nolah Hayes (Paul Walker) is trapped in a hospital during her wife's labor and also hurricane Katrina, a mix of excellent timing and unfortunate fate. As the others evacuate he must stay because his newborn isn't strong enough for immediate travel. It's amazing how a simple premise can be explored so well with a good performance and a concept that's easily to connect with. Walker exhibits a wide range of emotion, from his self-doubt, rejection, anger and until his eventual acceptance to his morbid situation.

    There's a good direction involved, as well as a couple of witty gimmicks to ensure the sense of stress, but this is practically Walker's show. Without his genuine performance, not much of the plot could've been so easily associable with the audience. If you simplify the movie, it's basically only him in a room or a building, yet it still produces tension as one is drawn to root for his character.

    Pacing is sometimes slow, but it's just minor humps since the movie manages to display depth of human nature when faced with adversity. Dialogues are pretty good, although some consist of frantic laments. The crucial aspect is how Walker delivers it with a hint of desperation.

    Hours is a simple movie elevated by a great actor, who delivered one of his last and best performance.
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  7. Feb 22, 2014
    4
    Ya se que varios "fanboys" estarían esperando esta película por la trágica pérdida de Paul Walker. No hay nada para recordar. La película másYa se que varios "fanboys" estarían esperando esta película por la trágica pérdida de Paul Walker. No hay nada para recordar. La película más aburrida que he visto en mucho tiempo (casi me duermo en el cine) y también recordemos que no son más de 100 minutos en el cine. ¿Por que razón es tediosa y aburrida? Por no tener movimiento; la película está atascada en su propia trama como Paul Walker está atrapado en ese hospital, lástima que los creadores de la película no supieron como avanzar y se quedaron presionando en una acción que el pobre actor debe realizar alrededor de la película, y, si se lo están preguntando, eso no es actuar, eso es obedecer. Muy aburrida y vacía. Expand

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