Dolores Claiborne Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 2812

Average Rating: 2.8/4

# of Ratings: 85

Theatrical Release Date: 03/24/1995

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Taylor Hackford

Actors: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Judy Parfitt

Plot: Mother struggles to protect herself and daughter from alcoholic father. After years of separation the daughter returns to defend her mother for murder and become closer.

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/10/2019

While Kathy Bates' performances is not as enticing as her Annie Wilkes in "Misery," "Dolores Claiborne" is a subtle, interesting and quite overlooked Stephen King adaptation.

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sapien - wrote on 01/27/2009


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Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/21/2007

Although I consider Dolores Claiborne one of Stephen King's weakest novels, it makes for a pretty good, and emotional, film. Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh are both great in their roles. Bleak at times, but that's to be expected.

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Awesome movie!! Great Cast!!

mdtinney - wrote on 08/01/2009

Of all of Stephen King's stories made into a movie, Dolores Claiborne is one of my favorite movies with an excellent cast, writing, and directing. For starters, I am shocked that nobody received Oscar nominations especially Kathy Bates, the excellent Judy Parfitt, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John C. Reilly, Ellen Muth, David Straitharn just to name a few all provide excellent support in telling a story of a lifelong Maine woman Dolores Claiborne St. George who has an abusive husband played well by David Straitharn and a daughter Selena equally played well by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ellen Muth. The death of Vera Donovan opens the movie to reveal flashbacks to the past. The unlikely bond of two very different women like Dolores and Vera is fascinating to watch over time. …

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Great Drama, Stephen King as his finest.

TheWolf - wrote on 08/03/2007

"Dolores Claiborne" tells the story of a woman who is accused of murdering the wealthy woman she worked for as a maid in Maine. When her daughter Selena finds out that her mother is accused of this crime, she immediately returns home from New York, leaving her job as an important reporter behind for a while. But she doesn't return to support her mother as you might expect. No, she's almost certain that she did it and she seems to try to get a good story out of it. But gradually she finds out what really happened and in the meantime some awful things about Selena's troubled childhood, the awful family life,... come floating at the surface again.
I know that I said in the beginning of this review that most movies with such a subject are plain crap, but there are always expectations to …

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