Movieline's Hollywood Life - 06/01/2004
"The characters are exceptionally well-drawn, and the actors shine."
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"[Williams] handles all of the elements of the story...with an equally sure hand."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/23/2004
"[I]t's easily the most robust and compelling movie ever spun off from Irving's work."
Rolling Stone - 08/05/2004
"[The film] captures the essence of the book while finding its own path to the heart....You can't shut the door on this spellbinder. It gets into your head."
Los Angeles Times - 07/14/2004
"Jeff Bridges has long been one of the greats of American film acting....[Basinger's] performance is delicately filigreed and, along with Bridges', it makes THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR an unassuming pleasure."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/10/2004
"Bridges and Basinger are powerful in the central scene..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2005
"Williams sidesteps sentimentality to deliver his tragi-comedy with a delicious lightness of touch, making THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR the first Irving adaptation really to capture the author's playfulness and compassion."
Delicately balancing a young man's coming-of-age with a married couple's experience of trauma and loss, this adaptation of John Irving's A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR compares with THE CIDER HOUSE RULES as a successful and faithful adaptation of the popular author's work. The film details a summer of trial separation between husband and wife Ted (Jeff Bridges) and Marion (Kim Basinger), whose union was shattered by the loss of their two sons. Though they have one remaining daughter (Elle Fanning), Ted--a popular author--hires a greenhorn writing assistant, a young man named Eddie (Jon Foster). Expecting to learn writing from a master, Eddie is little more than a glorified chauffeur for his accomplished idol. However, Eddie receives some useful lessons in manhood from the beautiful yet emotionally distant Marion, as an obsessive crush blossoms into passionate first love. While the family's scenic estate in the Hamptons provides an illusion of contentment, the tension between Ted, Marion, and Eddie only builds. Meanwhile Eddie struggles to understand the reasons for the family's painful disintegration.
The strength of writer-director Tod Williams's adaptation lies in the complexity of its characters, who are given depth by a talented cast that also includes Mimi Rogers. With the narrative unfolding like a mystery, viewers have the refreshing opportunity to unravel the details of this intricate story.
Based On A Novel |
Coming Of Age |
Family (General) |
Family Interaction |
Theatrical Release |