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Cold Mountain Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 21, 2004
A film of many excellences undermined by a flawed narrative.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 27, 2003
Cold is right -- Anthony Minghella's pretty, star-studded adaptation of the bestselling Civil War romance never makes it above freezing.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 26, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 26, 2003
Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy, satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 25, 2003
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 25, 2003
It's a great old-fashioned wallow of a time at the movies.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 25, 2003
Watching this movie, it seems to be the next level down from great -- maybe too episodic. But it burns in the memory weeks after you see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 25, 2003
Crowded with fascinating supporting characters, who make the long haul -- the movie clocks in at 2 1/2 hours -- worth attempting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 25, 2003
Law's performance ... sustains us throughout the movie, just as love sustains Inman during his long separation from Ada.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 25, 2003
It is a promontory of undeniable beauty and occasional power, but Cold Mountain remains so dark and distant on the screen -- shivering in a wintry gloom -- that it hardly casts an emotional shadow.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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December 25, 2003
Good, sometimes thrilling, but it's less a war epic than an evocative romantic melodrama with a patchy first hour.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 25, 2003
Underneath the movie's cold surface, Cold Mountain turns out to be a volcano.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 25, 2003
As they might have said in the old days, this sweeping historical romance is one heck of a classy picture which is both its great virtue and its limitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 25, 2003
An exquisitely crafted Civil War epic that combines the epic romantic sweep of Gone With the Wind with a more intimate voice that speaks eloquently to the war-weary nation of today.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 25, 2003
There is something distancing about the film, and I don't refer to the Romanian mountains standing for North Carolina's Blue Ridge.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 25, 2003
A Civil War movie that wins some of its skirmishes but can't entirely escape battle fatigue.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 25, 2003
A sublime story of brute living and ethereal yearning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 25, 2003
Three quarters of Cold Mountain consist of some of the most masterful and absorbing filmmaking of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 25, 2003
[Law and Kidman] share a fatal lack of chemistry together, and it's a flaw this grandly ambitious movie cannot overcome.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 25, 2003
A beautiful tale, tragic and mournful.
Read More | Original Score: A
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 25, 2003
The dazzle doesn't add up to the sustained act of brilliance I'd been expecting. For all its many strengths, the picture ultimately feels like a mild -- and I emphasize mild -- disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 25, 2003
Not that there aren't award-worthy performances here, there are. And not that it isn't good, it is. It's just not THAT good.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 25, 2003
Like Frazier, Minghella has artfully wrangled what is essentially a series of allegorical episodes into an emotional experience of cumulative impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2003
So rich with detail that each viewer will discover a scene and a character worth cherishing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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December 24, 2003
[Minghella] once again has achieved the miracle of transforming a difficult book with an inner narrative into a deeply satisfying film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2003
It evokes a backwater of the Civil War with rare beauty, and lights up with an assortment of colorful supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 24, 2003
One of the most intelligent and caring book-to-screen transitions ever made.
Read More | Original Score: A
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 24, 2003
Powerful but somehow distant, like a story being told in low tones across a room.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 23, 2003
Nicole Kidman and Jude Law get top billing, but it's Renée Zellweger who steals the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 23, 2003
An unabashed romantic, Minghella takes to Ada and Inman's love story with appreciable feeling, but the irony of Cold Mountain is that it's the director's grasp of violent action that proves his greatest cinematic gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 23, 2003
One stunner of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 23, 2003
A successful adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 23, 2003
That the film Cold Mountain is so much better than the best-selling Charles Frazier novel makes it quite the rare thing -- only The Godfather comes immediately to mind as an example of a major movie that so surpasses its source material.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 2003
A willed exercise in mythmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2003
In terms of pedigree and sheer, lush filmmaking, the movie has class written all over it. And that's part of the problem.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 23, 2003
[Law's] actorly determination matches Kidman's -- there's more chemistry in their tintypes than their interactions -- although the script decrees that these cool operators make a sweet pair of sweeties.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 18, 2003
Blends every aspect of filmmaking -- sets, costumes, camerawork, acting, lighting, writing, editing and technology -- to tell mythic stories of love, death, courage, honor, loss and survival on the battlefield and on the home front in the 1860's.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2003
Low emotional wattage in what ought to be a soaring romance.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 16, 2003
Has the big, glossy feel of a Hollywood epic that's been worked up by experts.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 16, 2003
The year's most rapturous love story.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 16, 2003
Cold Mountain is a movie of episodes, and Minghella pulls off dazzling set pieces: he knows how to infuse violence with emotion, so it never seems gratuitous.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 15, 2003
... a good movie not a great one.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 11, 2003
Handsomely made and vividly acted.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 8, 2003
Minghella has meticulously crafted an intimate epic that, while it does have a somewhat cerebral tone, is clearly determined to translate Frazier's vision of human hope amid great brutality to the screen.