Dolores Claiborne

1995

Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

37
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85% · 48 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82% · 25K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.4/10 10 48868 48.9K

Top cast

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Selena St. George
Kathy Bates as Dolores Claiborne
Eric Bogosian as Peter
Christopher Plummer as Det. John Mackey
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1.09 GB
1280*534
Turkish 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 12 min
Seeds 7
2.1 GB
1920*800
Turkish 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 12 min
Seeds 26

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by hitchcockthelegend 8 / 10

Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto.

Dolores Claiborne is directed by Taylor Hackford and adapted to screenplay by Tony Gilroy from the novel of the same name written by Stephen King. It stars Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Strathairn, John C. Riley, Christopher Plummer and Judy Parfitt. Music is scored by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.

Plot sees Leigh as Selena St. George, a big-city reporter who travels to her home town island in Maine when her mother is accused of murdering the elderly woman that she was caring for. Her estranged mother, Dolores (Bates), is also widely suspected to have killed her husband and Selena's father some 20 years earlier, even though that was ruled as an accident. As mother and daughter come together, secrets of the past merge with the harshness of the present.

A terrifically well acted and well mounted drama doing justice to a great book, Dolores Claiborne thrusts family trauma to the front of an on going murder investigation. King adaptations are well known for being very hit and miss, but this is certainly one of the better ones, it sees a shift from standard horror monsters, to monsters of a different kind, the human ones. Played out to a perpetually dank backdrop of rain, grey skies and a sea devoid of beauty, film unfolds to reveal the sadness of one family's roots, where emotional discord hangs heavy, constantly.

The structure is well handled by Hackford, as present day scenes merge into those from the past, giving off a perfectly ghost like feel to the plotting. Plummer's weary detective John Mackey is a bit too underwritten for my liking, and the time afforded the pre-trial debate and inquest is simply not enough to make the required impact once all the revelations come tumbling forward - the latter of which is nearly unforgivable given the film runs at over two hours. However, slight irks aside, this is still great stuff and if only for the trio of lead lady performances then this is a must see for the drama seeking film fan whom wants some intelligent emotional heft in the screenplay. 8/10

Reviewed by Spuzzlightyear 8 / 10

Quite amazing and scary

When I picked up the DVD of Dolores Claiborne, I wasn't sure of what to expect. I remembered that a lot of people were complaining that this wasn't Misery, starring Kathy Bates, who stars here, and the pacing was a bit off. However, when I was watching it, I was fully gripped into it's very gripping storyline of "Did she or didn't she?" and Kathy Bates pulls off another stunning performance (she never dissapoints me). All the other actresses, from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, to a then unknown John C. Reilly, also put out great performances. The direction of Taylor Hackford is top notch, and probably the biggest thing here is the cinematogrpahy, which is stunning with all the period photography (dull and grey at present, colorful in the past) and the eclipse photography is nothing short of stunning. A very surprising and entertaining watch,

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 10 / 10

Excellent

One of the best Stephen King adaptations along with The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me and Misery, Dolores Claiborne is an excellent film.

It looks striking while not straying too far from the intended atmosphere, the script is well written and tense, the atmosphere is chilling and evocative and the story is ceaselessly gripping even with the length.

The direction also impresses, as does how the characters are developed and written especially the title character. The acting is one of Dolores Claiborne's best assets. Jennifer Jason Leigh is very, very good, Christopher Plummer is magnificent while Kathy Bates steals very single scene she's in in another superb performance.

In conclusion, this film is most excellent and highly recommended. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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