• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John N. Smith
    In Theaters:
    Nov 6, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 1, 2004
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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A Cool Dry Place Reviews

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Lael Loewenstein
Variety
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The kind of plodding, conventional fare usually reserved for TV movies.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 4, 2009
Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Its heart is in the right place, but this sweet drama just doesn't build enough true drama from its slender premise. That said, it's not bad enough to merit the kind of stealth release its studio has imposed on it.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2009
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Could have been much better with slightly tighter pacing and with less drowning in sentimentalism.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

September 8, 2004
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Good things come in small packages

| Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2003
Dan Lybarger
Pitch.com

While the movie deals with the issues of single parenthood in a believable manner, director John N. Smith's handling borders on pedestrian.

Full Review Source: Pitch.com | Original Score: 5/10

December 20, 2002
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

The film devolves into trite melodrama. But on the strength of several good performances, the authenticity of emotion remains intact.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers much food for thought on single parenting and the deep ties between fathers and sons.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Amazing that with a talented cast, the movie (plot: Single father.) just sits there like a stuffed monkey.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Despite some solid acting by Vaughn, Potter, and Adams, there is no escaping the movie-of-the-week trappings.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The gorgeous Vince Vaughn makes the most of his role as everybody's dream dad -- flaws and all -- while Bobby Moat, as his young son, is little short of miraculous.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

A Cool, Dry Place is not a memorable film, but you could do a lot worse if you're looking for an honest human drama.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 73/100

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

July 16, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 8, 2005
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