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.
R (for violence and sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Romance
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Nicole Kidman
as Ada Monroe
Jude Law
as Inman
Renée Zellweger
as Ruby Thewes
Donald Sutherland
as Reverend Monroe
Ray Winstone
as Teague
Kathy Baker
as Sally Swanger
James Gammon
as Esco Swanger
Jack White
as Georgia
Jena Malone
as Ferry Girl
Lucas Black
as Oakley
Ethan Suplee
as Pangle
Jay Tavare
as Swimmer
Tom Aldredge
as Blind Man
James Rebhorn
as Doctor
Jen Apgar
as Dolly
Robin Mullins
as Mrs. Castlereagh
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Critic Reviews for Cold Mountain

All Critics (223) | Top Critics (45)

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A film of many excellences undermined by a flawed narrative.

Full Review… | January 21, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 27, 2003
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 26, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

December 26, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's enough of a spectacle to enjoy. It's too bad the stars are little more than serviceable and give the movie title an irony it could certainly do without.

Full Review… | December 25, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cold Mountain

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

Super Reviewer

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