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Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity. Read critic reviews

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Single mother Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) is part of a group of the first women to work at a local iron mine in Minnesota. Offended that they have to work with women, male workers at Eveleth Mines lash out at them and subject them to sexual harassment. Appalled by the constant stream of insults, sexually explicit language and physical abuse, Josey -- despite being cautioned against it by family and friends -- files a historic sexual harassment lawsuit.

Cast & Crew

Jeremy Renner
Bobby Sharp
Sissy Spacek
Alice Aimes
Thomas Curtis
Sammy Aimes
Elle Peterson
Karen Aimes
Linda Emond
Leslie Conlin
Amber Heard
Young Josey
Cole Williams
Young Bobby
Niki Caro
Director
Helen Buck Bartlett
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Doug Claybourne
Executive Producer
Richard Hoover
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Chris Menges
Cinematographer
David Coulson
Film Editor
Richard Hoover
Production Design
Gregory Hooper
Art Direction
Cindy Evans
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Critic Reviews for North Country

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  • Frances McDormand, as the lone female union rep, and Richard Jenkins, as Josie's angry miner dad, cut through the predictability.

    March 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Yet Theron's steady performance allows you to see something in Josey that baulks at her victim status.

    September 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Theron digs into the character, unafraid to make her blemishes every bit as apparent as her virtues. It's as good a performance as a person has given all year, ample proof the stunningly beautiful South African's Academy Award wasn't a fluke.

    October 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a strong ensemble.

    October 24, 2005
  • Though the dirt and grime in North Country are artfully applied, it's purely cosmetic and skin-deep.

    October 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for North Country

  • Nov 19, 2016
    Excellent performance by Charlize Theron. Worth seeing.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2016
    North Country is a film powered by extremely good intentions in presenting a woman and her journey of feminist equality. The issue dealt with is such an important and empowering one. However, there is something to be said about subtlety in dealing with these issues. Instead, North Country often falls into TV-movie trappings as it delivers its message with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Awkward flashbacks intersperse with court scenes done with predictable and sentimental progression. While constantly wanting the movie to succeed, it ultimately feels too much like a history lesson that spells things out way too easily, instead of a film that lets the audience piece things together themselves. Charlize Theron tries hard, but the script is obvious and boring and she is lost among silly dialogue. As is Frances McDormand, a typically great actress, not given much to work with. The best parts of the film involve the relationship Josey has with her father. These form some of the strongest scenes. I love what North Country wants to say, but I became worn out by its lack of faith in the audience. Rating: 60
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2012
    Slightly melodramatic but the story was magnificent. The realistic depiction of the women working in an male dominated environment brought tears to my eyes. To know that it's based on a true story makes me even more sad than I would have been. The montage was used really well, I think it's genuinely a good film for mature audience and ALL THE MEN
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2012
    A very earnest film with a very important message but with enough dullness to not make it great. I get the sense that the film producers were trying a little too hard to make something Oscar worthy instead of just letting it naturally flow.
    John B Super Reviewer

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