Relentlessly colorful and cute.
| Original Score: 2/4
Deals with weighty issues and is intellectually intriguing, but I found myself uninvolved from start to finish.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Their performances are strong. But they can't keep the film from plowing through some disappointingly rough waters.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: D
A jumble of themes and fractured half-stories, none of which are never truly dealt with or fully developd.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The interior monologues and intense detail of the book don't transfer well to the big screen. When a guy is this bored with himself, why should we argue otherwise?
Moves at a glacial pace, much like the icy land it's set in. And even a top-notch cast can't warm up the atmosphere.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
You can envision the attractively packaged DVD or Blu-ray sell-through collection now: 'Lasse Hallstrom's Baldly Oscar-Baiting Literary Adaptations. Buy it today!'
The kind of mundanely well-tuned movie designed for the singular purpose of winning undeserved Oscars.
Solidly directed, evenly acted, and nicely filmed -- no real surprises, really.
Spacey furrows his brow a lot when he isn't making confused-hurt puppy-dog eyes at everyone, [but] he's really hard to feel any sympathy for when you just want to smack some sense into him.
The story is played as a warm and fuzzy one, a fairy tale where children are revered and one's family roots are sacred.
| Original Score: C+
Queda un sentimiento de insatisfacciˇn por haber perdido casi dos horas sentado y sin que se nos diga hacia donde van los eventos.
Everyone has not only some catastrophe but some mystical experience to communicate until, finally, it all comes crashing down in well-timed, well-executed ennui.
| Original Score: 6/10
It's easier to respect than to love a movie almost totally lacking in conventional dramatic conflict, with almost all the characters seeming in dire need of antidepressants.
| Original Score: 2/4
Instead of giving you the book, it leaves you with the unfulfilled sense of having leafed through an elegant, studiously captioned photo essay of the same material.
Hallstrom injects a little magic realism here, a fantasy flashback there, but without Proulx's language, what's left is a pretty pedestrian tale.