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  • Summary: Set in a tranquil town on the coast of Maine, In the Bedroom tells the story of a couple whose only child is involved in a love affair with a single mother. 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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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    There are scenes as true as movies can make them, and even when the story develops thriller elements, they are redeemed, because the movie isn't about what happens, but about why.
  2. 100
    With performances that will raise the hairs on the back of your head, it's a film that knows the private geography of love, grief and obsession.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The surehandedly wrought, beautifully acted, almost unbearably tense In the Bedroom is a rare film, not to be missed.
  4. Field does what most American directors don't: He shows people at work, in the day-to-day activity unmarked by excitement.
  5. It sneaks up on you and shakes you: a tale of the cold hell surging up beneath that windy, sensuous Wyeth landscape.
  6. Field made a thriller about what we are capable of in the name of hatred -- and of love.
  7. 50
    A killer ending does not a movie make, and ultimately In the Bedroom may be more interesting to talk about than sit through.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 8 out of 47
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    Sissy Spacek great acting as always , Anyway, this is a great movie to me: adult and charismatic. Superb acting, excellent screenplay, good direction and an intense alarming atmosphere Expand
  2. davez
    Jul 20, 2007
    I bought this used before knowing anything about the film from blockbuster. What a great choice! This movie stirs the soul. I think we can all relate to at least 1 if not all the main characters involved. The villain is unclear... it seems as all the characters hold some form of evil inside of them whether it be by neglect, indifference, anger or revenge. This movie will no doubt leave you with the same kind of gratification that one had gotten from hearing that Hitler committed suicide before serving justice. Expand
  3. PaoloA
    Aug 4, 2006
  4. CreedenceB.
    Mar 28, 2008
    just from scanning the shown critic's lowest ratings(and i'm sure they are in the minority), i really wonder, just what is a good film to so-called 'critics'.....the acting was superb, the directing is the only way i can describe it........and the story so heart-wrenching, i wonder how anyone could not be moved by this comment on society in the most genuine and well-rounded view of death of a loved one (in this case murder) that i have ever seen. Expand
  5. MattS.
    Dec 23, 2009
    A profound piece of work from actor and first time director, Todd Field. This is the first Masterpiece of the new century. An extremely well acted and concise illustration of grief and true love. Expand
  6. QuinnD.
    Sep 6, 2002
    Not the movie I thought it was going to be. The ending was predictable and an easy way out. The movie would have been far more interesting had the parents faced the murder of their son the way most people do.... Wonderful performances and beautiful film making that joins the dreaded '10 Minute Club', i.e. turn it off ten minutes before the end and it's a way better film. Expand
  7. Dr.K.
    Jan 17, 2010
    This film is undoubtedly one of the most overrated films (by the 10 crowd). We picked out the main plot "switch" early on, it was well-telegraphed. The performances were fine but not as Oscar-worthy as so many critics have proclaimed. We were actually quite surprised--expectations were much higher based on review blurbs we were aware of beforehand. I too find value in "slow and plodding" at times, but this was TOO slow and plodding! Expand

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