North Country Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
November 9, 2005
Theron anchors the film with a complex performance that balances Josey's strength and vulnerability, and successfully portrays her as a reluctant working-class hero.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 6, 2005
[Theron] is the wounded heart of the film and helps carry some of the less successful material of the film on her shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
Even if you side with Caro's humane message, you'd be within your rights to object to her methods...You can almost hear Helen Reddy singing "I am Woman" in the background.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
November 2, 2005
Sometimes a story is so timeless that it deserves to be told again. Such a story is "North Country," a fictionalized account of events in the 1980s at a mine in the Midwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
October 31, 2005
Instead of articulating injustice or honestly portraying the legal system, North Country seems content with exploiting humiliation for effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
October 28, 2005
For all its issue-related fist pumping, the movie is suffused with the tender and heartwarming story of a man coming to terms with the love for his only daughter.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 28, 2005
North Country wins its case with powerful moments and exceptional performances.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 27, 2005
Could become the classic text for a filmmaking class called 'Crafting the Message Picture 101.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 26, 2005
Hits like an emotional sledgehammer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 25, 2005
Caro sneakily joins the ranks of Academy-prestige with a politically-grounded horror film.
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 25, 2005
The performances enhance (Niki) Caro's David-versus-Goliath material.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
October 25, 2005
...my feminist soul is taking a beating since - damn it - it didn't work as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 25, 2005
'North Country' could be used in a sensitivity training course.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 25, 2005
It weakens the film's case to have the villains portrayed so one-dimensionally....
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 24, 2005
In spite of Theron's excellent, impassioned performance, "North Country" nevertheless tends to go south.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
October 24, 2005
while its message is undeniably important, it's also so obvious that the film doesn't have any real resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 24, 2005
You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a strong ensemble.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 23, 2005
Contrived fantasy. Only in Hollywood could Harrelson get Theron's nemesis to recant his inadmissably irrelevant tale on the stand with such meager questioning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 23, 2005
The film, revisiting social injustice, is not unpredictable. But, it is a worthy effort in its updated revival of "Norma Rae."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 23, 2005
...feels simplistically manufactured and manipulative...Caro is never able to elevate North Country beyond the pedestrian confines of a melancholy Lifetime TV movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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