North Country


North Country

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 172


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User Ratings: 93,123
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This true story centers on Lori Jenson, who took a job at a Minnesota iron mine in 1975. She and other female miners endured harassment from male co-workers, ranging from verbal taunts to pornographic graffiti and worse. Jenson eventually filed suit in 1984 and won a landmark legal decision.

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Charlize Theron
as Josey Aimes
Elle Peterson
as Karen Aimes
Thomas Curtis
as Sammy Aimes
Woody Harrelson
as Bill White
Jeremy Renner
as Bobby Sharp
Richard Jenkins
as Hank Aimes
Sissy Spacek
as Alice Aimes
James Cada
as Don Pearson
Rusty Schwimmer
as Big Betty
Linda Emond
as Leslie Conlin
Elizabeth Peterson
as Karen Aimes
Amber Heard
as Young Josey
John Aylward
as Judge Halsted
Xander Berkeley
as Arlen Pavich
Corey Stoll
as Ricky Sennett
Cole Williams
as Young Bobby
Brad William Henke
as Lattavansky
Chris Mulkey
as Earl Slangley
Arron Shiver
as Young Male Doctor
Aaron Shiver
as Young Male Doctor
Clif Stokes
as Good Guy
J.D. Garfield
as Porta Guy No. 1
John Hardman
as Guy No. 3
Forrest Norgaard
as Mac's Buddy
Sage Coy
as Stacey
Dennis E. Garber
as Real Estate Agent
Alex Layton
as Number 3
Jacqueline Wright
as Bobby's Wife
Catherine Campion
as Stacey's Mom
Tom Bower
as Gray Suchett
David Lislegard
as Union Member No. 1
Kurt Peterson
as Union Member No. 2
Pete Pellinen
as Union Member No. 3
Bruce Bohne
as Union Member No. 4
Todd Anderson
as Semen Man
Kit Gwin
as Larynx Nurse
Raye Birk
as Tom Motel Clerk
Sally Wingert
as Kay Stollman
Katherine Ferrand
as Sally Bullavina
Curtis Plagge
as Burly Miner
Marc Miles
as Digger Driver
J.C. Cutler
as Union Rep No. 1
Gus Lynch
as Pete Union Rep
Mark Sivertsen
as Bailiff No. 1
Rand Kennedy
as Bailiff No. 2
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Critic Reviews for North Country

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (54)

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

    Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a strong ensemble.

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

    Oct 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • North Country does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is brought to the breaking point.

    Oct 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If there was ever any thought that perhaps Whale Rider was a fluke, North Country should erase all doubt.

    Oct 21, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • North Country delivers an emotional wallop and a couple of performances worthy of recognition come award time.

    Oct 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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