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The Price of Milk (2001)

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49

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 24

Awash in random whimsy, The Price of Milk feels more forced and muddled than charming.

50

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 8

Awash in random whimsy, The Price of Milk feels more forced and muddled than charming.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,442

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New Zealand filmmaker Harry Sinclair turns to a more rural setting with this modern fairy tale centering on two lovers, Lucinda {($Danielle Cormack}) and Rob (Karl Urban), who live on a dairy farm in a quaint small town. On a standard errand one day, Lucinda accidentally hits an older woman on the road. The woman miraculously gets up unharmed and disappears, but soon afterward, Lucinda starts incorporating her fears into her current romantic relationship. In an effort to restore their romantic

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Harry Sinclair

Nov 19, 2002

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Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its parts.

June 7, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Too bad that unconscious haunting quality is in no way conveyed by the story, which soon reveals itself not as magical but silly -- and even irritating.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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I was never much convinced by the romantic chemistry between Rob and Lucinda.

April 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Seems to be grasping for lyricism and whimsy and just missing.

April 26, 2001
Chicago Tribune
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Sometimes it's pretty openly treading water while inspiration flags. But there's more to like than dislike in The Price of Milk.

April 13, 2001
Boston Globe
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Rather than being cute and magical, the film feels forced, a good joke that goes on way past the punch line.

April 6, 2001
Seattle Times
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What starts as a dollop of eccentricity and whimsy grows into something that overwhelms the charming performances and romance.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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This is a quaint and creative take on the modern romantic motif, a film that creates a world where subtle beauty and true love are more than enough to get by on.

February 10, 2004 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Just too slight and too off-the-wall to ever become anything more than a mildly entertaining piece of fluff.

February 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

This film features one dumb story line.

March 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The fairy tale ... works more often than not.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

It keeps flitting around -- as if it overdosed on fairy dust.

June 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

There's a whimsical wit to the story that keeps you watching and makes you willing to forgive all the loose ends.

June 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Sinclair is aware of natural spaces and silences and uses them to air out the movie and make it seem less a product and more lifelike.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's funny, it's endearing, it's very romantic, it's endlessly clever.

May 3, 2001 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

The movie would be more fun if it accompanied its imaginative story with imaginative acting and filmmaking.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Clunkily rendered, clouded by an avalanche of murky symbolism.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A modern-day fairy tale about some of the obstacles to love.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Sinclair has crafted a quirky romantic comedy that is as free-spirited as its heroine.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com
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