Cold Mountain Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Excellent but upsetting, only for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 27, 2010
There are minor merits. mostly handsome production values, to Mingehlla's screen version of the acclaimed novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 12, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
So utterly manufactured for Oscar, it was nauseating.
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 18, 2008
Despite its pretentious, episodic structure and emotional restraint, Cold Mountain retains its tension through multi-layered character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Cold Mountain is a major achievement, studded with star performances from its entire cast, offering those who are prepared to experience it...
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 6, 2008
A kitschy, lugubrious and deeply unhistorical exercise in self-congratulation.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 18, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 22, 2007
A love story likely to leave you cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2006
A movie of gorgeous moments alternating with many more that feel literate to the point of inducing boredom
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Something to mildly admire rather than embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
March 23, 2005
'Above all, Cold Mountain is a story of women -- abandoned, starving, and learning to rely only on themselves and each other.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Occasionally breathtaking and always lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 15, 2005
...deeply unsatisfying in so many ways...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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