In the Bedroom

In the Bedroom

In the Bedroom

Todd Field's 2001 classic drama, nominated for five Oscars. Set on the coast of Maine, a couple's (Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson) only son (Nick Stahl) is involved with a single mother (Marisa Tomei). When this relationship comes to a tragic end, each person face the intensely difficult decision of how to respond.

Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Performance by Supporting Actress 2002, Drama (Spacek); Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2001
2001Rating: M130 mins
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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An uncommonly good movie -- a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama.

Salon

Salon

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A serious drama about violence and morality that plays out with a fatalistic intensity somewhere between Greek tragedy and film noir.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The film unfolds its true story, which is about the marriage of Matt and Ruth--about how hurt and sadness turn to anger and blame. 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.

5.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The film unfolds its true story, which is about the marriage of Matt and Ruth--about how hurt and sadness turn to anger and blame. 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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

If only all debuts were this good. Low-key, but emotionally devastating, former actor Todd Field's first movie is a superbly-crafted examination of family rifts, grief and the lengths to which one will go to appease a guilty conscience. It's also a scathing critique of the U.S. legal system.

4.0
Boston Globe

Boston Globe

press

The surehandedly wrought, beautifully acted, almost unbearably tense In the Bedroom is a rare film, not to be missed.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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The story and direction are powerful enough. But it's the acting that takes In the Bedroom higher.

BBC

BBC

press

Intense, superbly acted chamber piece.

4.0
LA Weekly

LA Weekly

press

Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

An uncommonly good movie -- a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama.

Salon

Salon

press

A serious drama about violence and morality that plays out with a fatalistic intensity somewhere between Greek tragedy and film noir.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The film unfolds its true story, which is about the marriage of Matt and Ruth--about how hurt and sadness turn to anger and blame. 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.

5.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The film unfolds its true story, which is about the marriage of Matt and Ruth--about how hurt and sadness turn to anger and blame. 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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

If only all debuts were this good. Low-key, but emotionally devastating, former actor Todd Field's first movie is a superbly-crafted examination of family rifts, grief and the lengths to which one will go to appease a guilty conscience. It's also a scathing critique of the U.S. legal system.

4.0
Boston Globe

Boston Globe

press

The surehandedly wrought, beautifully acted, almost unbearably tense In the Bedroom is a rare film, not to be missed.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

The story and direction are powerful enough. But it's the acting that takes In the Bedroom higher.

BBC

BBC

press

Intense, superbly acted chamber piece.

4.0
LA Weekly

LA Weekly

press

Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.

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