• PG-13, 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Luis Mandoki
    In Theaters:
    Feb 12, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 3, 1999
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Message in a Bottle Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 7, 2011
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Paul Newman as a cantankerous old man steals this movie with his character's endearing forthrightness.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 28, 2002
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Tolerate the silly and swoony story and allow yourself to drift away in the gorgeous Caleb Deschanel photography.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

April 28, 2001
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
March 12, 2001
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

February 12, 1999
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Costner has a free pass to be as lazy as he can possibly be, and the result is one of the most smugly alienating romantic lead performances that I can quickly call to mind.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

April 3, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

If it had just quit while it was ahead....

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

April 18, 2009
John Venable
Supercala.com

Leaves one feeling empty.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 4/10

December 31, 2005
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2003
Victor Olliver
Teletext

If only Costner could be cast out to sea like a bottle.

| Original Score: 0/5

August 8, 2002

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 22, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 27, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2001

Sight and Sound
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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July 21, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Jamie Graham
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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May 11, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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January 1, 2000

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
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Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

January 1, 2000
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
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