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North Country (2005)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 114 | Rotten: 54

Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 12

Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity.



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A fictionalized account of one of America's most groundbreaking sexual harassment lawsuits comes to the screen in this hard-hitting drama. In the late '80s, Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) fled her abusive husband, and needed to find a way to support her two children. Aimes returned to her hometown in Minnesota and followed the lead of her old friend Glory (Frances McDormand), who had bucked tradition and found a job in the iron mines that had long provided employment for much of the community.



Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy, Michael Seitzman

Feb 21, 2006


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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (54) | DVD (24)

You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a strong ensemble.

October 24, 2005
New Yorker
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Though the dirt and grime in North Country are artfully applied, it's purely cosmetic and skin-deep.

October 22, 2005 | Comment (1)
Rolling Stone
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North Country does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is brought to the breaking point.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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If there was ever any thought that perhaps Whale Rider was a fluke, North Country should erase all doubt.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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North Country delivers an emotional wallop and a couple of performances worthy of recognition come award time.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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She's [Caro] got a good story to tell (based, loosely, on a real-life case), and a marvelous cast to help her tell it.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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issue movie that blatantly examines power and sexual harassment in the workplace

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

North Country is the unfortunately overly-dramatized Hollywood version of a story that has a chance at being truly important and even uplifting, but thanks to extreme heavy-handedness, ends up being mostly shrill instead.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

So "inspirational" it should mate with Cinderella Man and give birth to a litter of baby Oscars

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The road to cinematic hell is paved with this sort of banal effort borne of bland good expectations.

July 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Would have you believe it's no more complex than a playground quarrel between boys, girls, and cooties.

April 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

While the performances are flawless, Michael Seitzman's screenplay is embarrassingly sophomoric, so much so that the film's denouement completely obliterates its feminist message.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Works as both deep focus on a critical historical moment, and a more intimate and sorrowful tale about growing up female in America.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

Though tough and heavy-handed at times, North Country is engaging -- not one of those films about an important subject matter that you feel you should watch.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

...there's little doubt that the movie would not come off even remotely as well as it ultimately does were it not for the effectiveness of the cast.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Os realizadores de Terra Fria se revelam bem mais repugnantes e perigosos do que os mineiros retratados em seu filme supostamente liberal.

February 23, 2006
Cinema em Cena

The narrative may not be exact in its details..., but it is undoubtedly true to the spirit of the real events.

February 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Enjoyable drama that's impressively shot and features a strong cast but is ultimately hampered by a fatal weakness for courtroom clichés.

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The similarities to Erin Brockovich are obvious, yet North Country plays like a glossy soap opera, despite strong performances from a superb cast.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With North Country, Theron and Caro strongly suggest that Monster and Whale Rider weren't one-offs.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

Elegantly filmed and intelligently written.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Despite Charlize Theron's efforts to play more than a saintly martyr, the film's director Niki Caro continually overstates the case.

November 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

So melodramatically one-sided and shamelessly in search of Oscar nominations that it accomplishes the colossal rarity of insulting both genders equally.

November 21, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Victorian melodrama in feminist workduds.

November 19, 2005 Full Review Source:

The one-sided, formulaic storyline and laughable courtroom histrionics are eclipsed by peripheral material involving Theron's brooding teenage son and penitent father.

November 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

North Country centers on Theron's work, and she is truly wonderful start to finish.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Audience Reviews for North Country

A female mine worker faces brutal sexual harassment and leads the way for the first U.S. class action lawsuit in such a case.
Bill Maher issued a "New Rule" when this film first came out: "New rule: Charlize Theron must be hot again." This was as he showed a picture of Theron covered in grime, a still from North Country. Isn't it ironic that she would still be seen as a sex symbol in a film that discourages seeing women as sex symbols? Such jokes - and they are not just jokes - constitute the cultural problem at the center of this slow-paced but compelling drama.
The performances by Theron and Frances McDormand are fantastic, each actress able to embody both natural femininity and the masculine mask they must put on in order to function in the mine. The most compelling scene in the film is provided by Richard Jenkins, who must defend his daughter against the screaming taunts of his co-workers.
But there are issues with the film. First, it delves into a few cliches along the way, including the climactic courtroom revelation, which I won't give away; suffice it to say that you won't be surprised. Second, on two occasions, the first being the Richard Jenkins scene and the second the very existence of the Woody Harrelson character, men are required to give women a voice. It seems as though the film is so self-conscious about not demonizing men that it contradicted its point by portraying men as necessary for female political and social action.
Overall, North Country starkly presents a serious cultural problem that, though set in 1989, certainly resonates today.
April 5, 2011
Jim Hunter

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North Country is a terrific drama film about the first sexual harassment law suit. A harsh story the treatment of women in the Minnesota Mines. Charlize Theron gives one of the best performances of career in North Country as Josey Aimes who takes a job at a local mine and witnesses first hand the harrasment by male workers. She goes on to sue the Company and therefore make history by filling the first sexual harrasment lawsuit. Every actor gives his all in this film, and everyone gives terrific performances. North Country is a solid Drama film that shouldn't be missed.
July 10, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The true story of a female mine worker of the 70s who fought for sexual harassment laws and equality at her working place. The cast is excellent down to the smallest roles and the film's biggest asset. The direction and pace are a bit slow at times but the movie manages to keep you interested throughout anyway. There are a few scenes of brilliance, especially the ending in court is good or when Lori's father finally decides to take his daughter's side. The emphasis of the court scenes is a bit too much centered on proving that Lori was no promiscuous woman, though. It's sad enough that a question like that would matter in a case about sexual harassment, but why make it one of the main points of the film? Thankfully, this often very bleak movie gives a ray of hope in the end. Worth seeing.
December 23, 2009

Super Reviewer

An ambitious but ultimately too flawed and cheap feeling story chronicling a courageous women during extremely difficult times. For the first hour and a half, I didn't like this movie at all, all the guys in the movies were either complete douchebags or underdeveloped (Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins), but the last half hour makes up for it somewhat. There are scenes of power and great acting, but once these scenes take place, the movie takes a turn into "too Hollywood" territory, with an ending that is really, really poorly executed. Theron, as always, is impressive in the lead role, however with a shorter running time, less "fake feeling" scenes, and more court room coverage, this could've been a good movie.
September 19, 2009
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Movies Like North Country

    1. Bill White: What's it going to be this time yellow or red? Yellow or red? YELLOW OR RED?
    2. Bobby Sharp: What was I supposed to do?
    – Submitted by Frances H (15 months ago)
    1. Bill White: Rangers are hard as steel, huh? Not this one. This one is made of butter.
    – Submitted by Frances H (15 months ago)
    1. Glory Dodge: Before your law firm hired you did they put your feet up in the air and look in your insides?
    – Submitted by Frances H (15 months ago)
    1. Kyle Dodge: This is Glory. She worked at Pearsons. She wants to say 'My name is Glory Dodge, and I'm not f**king dead yet. I stand with Josey.'
    – Submitted by Siddharth S (19 months ago)
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