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Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain (2003)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 223
Fresh: 158 | Rotten: 65

The well-crafted Cold Mountain has an epic sweep and captures the horror and brutal hardship of war.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 6

The well-crafted Cold Mountain has an epic sweep and captures the horror and brutal hardship of war.



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Inman, a Civil War Confederate soldier, is seriously wounded in battle before heading home to North Carolina to his pre-war beloved, Ada. In his absence, Ada--with the help of a young drifter named Ruby--is desperately trying to hold onto the farm of her deceased missionary father. Inman's long journey home takes him through the crumbling confederacy, as he meets people of all walks of life who want to both aid and hinder his mission.


Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance

Anthony Minghella

Jun 29, 2004


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All Critics (225) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (158) | Rotten (65) | DVD (42)

If the love story is asked to carry more weight than it can bare, at least this is a film of rich measure and ambition.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A film of many excellences undermined by a flawed narrative.

January 21, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Cold is right -- Anthony Minghella's pretty, star-studded adaptation of the bestselling Civil War romance never makes it above freezing.

December 27, 2003 Full Review Source:
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At 154 minutes, Cold Mountain is long and seems long, at times inspired, at times merely dutiful. But in most of the important ways, it succeeds.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy, satisfying.

December 26, 2003
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It's enough of a spectacle to enjoy. It's too bad the stars are little more than serviceable and give the movie title an irony it could certainly do without.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Excellent but upsetting, only for older teens.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There are minor merits. mostly handsome production values, to Mingehlla's screen version of the acclaimed novel.

November 27, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Only Renee Zellweger maintains a Southern accent in this laughable attempt by director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") at filming Charles Frazier's love story set amidst the turmoil of the Civil War.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

So utterly manufactured for Oscar, it was nauseating.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Despite its pretentious, episodic structure and emotional restraint, Cold Mountain retains its tension through multi-layered character development.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

Cold Mountain is a major achievement, studded with star performances from its entire cast, offering those who are prepared to experience it...

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Law interprets his laconic character so well that the lack of chemistry between Inman and Ada made me care very little if their romance was ever resurrected.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A kitschy, lugubrious and deeply unhistorical exercise in self-congratulation.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Kidman and Law share almost no screen time together, which harms the film. Still, there are moments that are sufficiently ablaze, and make "Cold Mountain" a worthwhile diversion.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A love story likely to leave you cold.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

A movie of gorgeous moments alternating with many more that feel literate to the point of inducing boredom

August 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Grim in places, and at times gratuitous, this is still terrific five-hanky drama with top-flight technical work, horrifically spectacular action, subtle introspection, rich characters and a love story to die for.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

As he did with The English Patient, director Minghella performs a miraculous juggling act, balancing his epic, sweeping story with the subtleties of character and detail that make Cold Mountain breathe.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Something to mildly admire rather than embrace.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

'Above all, Cold Mountain is a story of women -- abandoned, starving, and learning to rely only on themselves and each other.'

March 23, 2005 Full Review
Las Vegas Mercury

A tough movie to sit through but a powerful one nonetheless and whilst its not the great film that it so longs to be, it is a strong journey worth taking if your prepared for it.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Occasionally breathtaking and always lovely.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

...deeply unsatisfying in so many ways...

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There are intimations of a genuinely moving film; in its best moments, Cold Mountain is a fantasy that - like the Lord of the Rings movies - aspires to Shakespearean heights.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Cold Mountain

If hate sends men to war, then it must be love that brings them home.

Good Film! It's beautifully crafted, assembled, and absolutely mesmerizing in all aspects of film making techniques and style. The music score and soundtracks are so appropriate locked into the events and the moods of the characters. And the film's title? It does project its allegorical appeal.

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.
April 18, 2014
Manu Gino

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Charles Frazier's distinctly American take on the personal ravages of the Civil War and what small hope may be salvaged from it's incalcuable wreakage, gets lost somewhat in this curiously foreign view of his simple yet elegant piece (Why are all the principals from overseas? Were there no Americans with vision or chutzpah enough to take this on?) We are left then with the shoestring romance of two lonely strangers separated by war who endeavor to overcome its apparent difficulties and return to each other's side. This is capably performed, undoubtably, yet the ghost of Frazier's intent is manifest by its absence.
December 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

A romanticized civil war film with a fantastic cast and a heartfelt story. The length of the film might run a little long for some, but I enjoyed all of it.
May 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

It's very long but worth watching.
February 4, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Ruby Thewes: Have you been shot?
    2. Inman: Not lately.
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    1. Bosie: King of Kings!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Ada Monroe: I would have followed you anywhere... to Mongolia.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Ada Monroe: What we have lost will never be returned to us. The land will not heal - too much blood. All we can do is learn from the past and make peace with it.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Teague: A reckonin' is for your world, not mine.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Ada Monroe: My love, where are you? With no hope of reachin' you that I write to you... as I have always done.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
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