• PG, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mark Rydell
    In Theaters:
    Dec 4, 1981 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 20, 2001
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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On Golden Pond Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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There is a natural rhythm to the film that makes its own quiet, life-affirming statement.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2013
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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When it sometimes seems the whole society has spiritually decamped for Tinseltown, the movie offers the hope that people can come home again-at least for a visit.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 7, 2011
Randy White
Common Sense Media

Valuable lessons in loving one's family members.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fonda was 75 when this picture was made and must have known he didn't have much time. There could have been no finer final curtain for him than this.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 4, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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Without question, these are major, meaty roles for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, and there could have been little doubt that the two would work superbly together.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 4, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This family melodrama about aging, mortality, and reconciliation is more significant as a social than artistic event: It's the only teaming of Henry Fonda (who won an Oscar) with daughter Jane (who produced it for him) and also with screen icon Hepburn.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

June 11, 2007
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

| Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2005
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Wonderful to get one last sweet visit with Mr. Fonda and Ms. Hepburn.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Stellar cast in left field family values classic.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 28, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Watching the movie, I felt I was witnessing something rare and valuable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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On Golden Pond is a mixed blessing, but it offers one performance of rare quality and three others that are very good. That's not half-bad.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2004
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2004
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 10, 2004
Spence D.
IGN Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

On Golden Pond is a thematically rich drama exploring marriage, aging, family conflict, death and dying.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 31, 2004
David Bezanson
Filmcritic.com

A manipulative, Oscar-ready mainstream drama. But surprisingly, it's not a bad movie.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 23, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2003
Fred Topel
About.com

Classic drama. Moving exploration of old age.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2003
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