• 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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 3/10

January 1, 2000
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

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

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Message in a Bottle bids Costner a return to his more romantic roots, but since he's in mourning throughout most of the picture, he slips into portraying The Carpenter.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2003
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
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

It should have read, 'Memo to screenwriters: Use you brain!'

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Victor Olliver
Teletext

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

| Original Score: 0/5

August 8, 2002
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

Laying it on a bit thick, am I? Don't worry, so does this film.

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

January 1, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

February 27, 2001
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Just a Degree or Two Shy of True North

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 69/100

January 1, 2000
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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May 11, 2001
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
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January 1, 2000
Jamie Graham
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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January 1, 2000
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

January 1, 2000
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

January 1, 2000
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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January 1, 2000
Jeffrey Lyons
Lyons Den
January 1, 2000
David Armstrong
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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