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North Country Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 22, 2005
Though the dirt and grime in North Country are artfully applied, it's purely cosmetic and skin-deep.
| Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 22, 2005
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 21, 2005
North Country does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is brought to the breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 21, 2005
If there was ever any thought that perhaps Whale Rider was a fluke, North Country should erase all doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 21, 2005
North Country delivers an emotional wallop and a couple of performances worthy of recognition come award time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 21, 2005
What gives North Country urgency is that it's about how a man comes to understand that it's bad for him and for his community to deny his daughter privileges and prerogatives he'd grant his son.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 21, 2005
Niki Caro, director of Whale Rider, has made a classic underdog-vs.-the-system story, rendered in the harsh blue-grays of a Minnesota winter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 21, 2005
Theron's truly raw and impassioned performance as Josey - - can't save the film from its own gradually slowing pace and seriously compromised third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 21, 2005
In the end, the no-nonsense direction by Caro (the New Zealander who directed Whale Rider), the terrific actors and the pitiless visuals by the great Menges more than carry the day.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 21, 2005
It's a memorable and touching portrayal of a certain kind of woman who is vital and determined instead of neurotic and victimized.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 21, 2005
North Country may be a simplistic account of a hard-won battle, but it will have audiences cheering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 21, 2005
Despite its serious subject matter, North Country is a crowd-pleaser at heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 21, 2005
There's nothing cool or dispassionate anywhere in this film. It radiates waves of heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 21, 2005
For all North Country's blockbuster elements, the film remains a curiously uninvolving affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 21, 2005
In overdoing the theatrics and hammering the clichés North Country does artistic injustice to its own important argument.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 21, 2005
North Country is in the tradition of workers-rights films like Norma Rae and Silkwood in that it sends its message through a convincing character whose temerity and courage are accompanied by less heroic baggage.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 21, 2005
If you can take North Country as a movie, not a news report, you'll find a moving work that explores sexual harassment with unusual candor.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 21, 2005
North Country is a relentlessly discomforting movie. Nowhere does it let you settle into the lush cushions of a typical Hollywood entertainment
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 21, 2005
North Country is one of those movies that stir you up and make you mad, because it dramatizes practices you've heard about but never really visualized.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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October 21, 2005
If you want to see good performances and cinematography wasted in a mediocre movie, that would be North Country.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 21, 2005
It infuriated me. It broke my heart. It convinced me that Caro, who's from New Zealand, is a strong, clear-voiced filmmaker, who can bend courtroom cliches to her will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 20, 2005
Theron has once again deglamorized herself for a meaty dramatic role, and she gives a persuasive performance that surely will not be overlooked during the coming award season.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 20, 2005
At its best, North Country conveys what it's like to be a small-town social pariah and to fear for yourself in the workplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2005
Studio filmmaking can make an event as fantastical as an alien invasion look like reality, and it can make something that actually took place feel as fake as crocodile tears. Which is what happens with North Country.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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October 20, 2005
North Country is powerful and then some.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 20, 2005
North Country is a "message movie" with a target so big that it's impossible to miss, which is part of the trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 20, 2005
A wobbly fiction about a real pioneering sex-discrimination case, North Country is an unabashed vehicle for its modestly de-glammed star, Charlize Theron.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 20, 2005
Overall North Country is too self-consciously scaled as an anthem for the human spirit. We can spot where this movie is headed right from the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 20, 2005
People in the film biz have been calling this one Erin Brockovich Goes to Fargo all along, but that isn't quite fair. It's Norma Rae Goes to Fargo.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 20, 2005
Even when the film borders on melodrama in its final courtroom confrontations, Ms. Caro navigates the camera with skill.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2005
While the film showcases moments of enormous power, there is something missing; perhaps it's subtlety, or perhaps it's the emotional connection the movie so desperately wants to make, but in the end, can't quite achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 20, 2005
I'm even willing to forgive this rousing drama its coy, flirty ending, if only because its heroine has the grace not to drive her pickup truck off a cliff.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 20, 2005
This is nuance-free moviemaking, a drama about mine-workers with barely a glimpse of what the work entails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 20, 2005
Caro knows how to push viewers' buttons, and she does so every chance she gets. The weather in the movie might be chilly, but she makes sure our blood is boiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 20, 2005
North Country is the most riled-up movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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AV Club
October 20, 2005
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 19, 2005
North Country packs a solid familiar punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
October 18, 2005
Given the battle's enormous toll on the women's physical and psychological health, it's a perplexing irony that the movie 'inspired by' the case suffers such a bizarre failure of nerve.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 18, 2005
North Country does what it sets out to do: inspire and uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2005
Amazingly powerful.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2005
Occasionally inspired but much more often didactic.
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David Rooney
Variety
September 13, 2005
An emotionally potent story told with great dignity.