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In the Bedroom Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama In the Bedroom.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The kind of movie they don't make any more -- a seriously beautiful, deliberately paced drama that meanders for a while at the pace of a summer romance, then explodes with phenomenal force.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Bedroom succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It sneaks up on you and shakes you: a tale of the cold hell surging up beneath that windy, sensuous Wyeth landscape.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Tragic masterwork is too intense for many teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this complex and troubling film will be too intense for many teens. The movie's few violent scenes are graphic and wrenching. Family communication is minimal and searing. The film depicts domestic violence and implies, while not actually showing, that children witness the abuse. The characters' practically palpable grief will be too much for some young viewers, particularly those who may have lost a close relative or friend.

  • Families can talk about the intersection of family, love and violence. Does the movie condone or condemn violence, or both? Families can also discuss the breakdown and seeming failure of family communication. Another interesting discussion topic would be exploring how the characters' occupational fields (medicine, music instruction, architecture, canning industry) illuminate or contradict their personalities.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters resort to violence as revenge. Family members use extremely abusive and cruel language as main means of communication. A young college boy is involved with an older, separated-but-still-married mother of two children.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Most violence occurs off-screen, although the resulting wounds can be explicit, including, most graphically, a close-up of a face after it is shot.

  • sex false3

    Sex: No visible encounters, but off-screen sexual activity clearly implied.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language in several scenes.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Sissy Spacek's character smokes constantly. Some references to possibility of alcoholism.