Cold Mountain


Cold Mountain (2003)


Critic Consensus: The well-crafted Cold Mountain has an epic sweep and captures the horror and brutal hardship of war.


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Inman, a Civil War Confederate soldier, is seriously wounded in battle before heading home to North Carolina to his pre-war beloved, Ada. In his absence, Ada--with the help of a young drifter named Ruby--is desperately trying to hold onto the farm of her deceased missionary father. Inman's long journey home takes him through the crumbling confederacy, as he meets people of all walks of life who want to both aid and hinder his mission.

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Critic Reviews for Cold Mountain

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (46)

If the love story is asked to carry more weight than it can bare, at least this is a film of rich measure and ambition.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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A film of many excellences undermined by a flawed narrative.

Jan 21, 2004 | Full Review…
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A good-looking but dull and eccentrically cast romantic drama set during American civil war.

Jan 15, 2004 | Full Review…

Cold is right -- Anthony Minghella's pretty, star-studded adaptation of the bestselling Civil War romance never makes it above freezing.

Dec 27, 2003

At 154 minutes, Cold Mountain is long and seems long, at times inspired, at times merely dutiful. But in most of the important ways, it succeeds.

Dec 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy, satisfying.

Dec 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Cold Mountain


Not far into the film there is a scene so incredibly terrifying and mind-blowing, depicting the pointlessness and cruelty of war like only the opening of Saving Private Ryan managed so far. From there, we follow the beginnings of a love story in flash backs while Law is trying to make his way back to Kidman from war. The people he encounters and situations he has to endure are incredibly dire and pessimistic, leaving little space for hope. The film is very beautifully shot and the story is engaging even through some slower parts. Whether you like the ending or not is for each to decide, I suppose.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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If hate sends men to war, then it must be love that brings them home. Good Film! It's beautifully crafted, assembled, and absolutely mesmerizing in all aspects of film making techniques and style. The music score and soundtracks are so appropriate locked into the events and the moods of the characters. And the film's title? It does project its allegorical appeal. This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Charles Frazier's distinctly American take on the personal ravages of the Civil War and what small hope may be salvaged from it's incalcuable wreakage, gets lost somewhat in this curiously foreign view of his simple yet elegant piece (Why are all the principals from overseas? Were there no Americans with vision or chutzpah enough to take this on?) We are left then with the shoestring romance of two lonely strangers separated by war who endeavor to overcome its apparent difficulties and return to each other's side. This is capably performed, undoubtably, yet the ghost of Frazier's intent is manifest by its absence.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A romanticized civil war film with a fantastic cast and a heartfelt story. The length of the film might run a little long for some, but I enjoyed all of it.

Shawn Ewing
Shawn Ewing

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