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On Golden Pond Reviews

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Dustin Putman
January 20, 2015
The truth of its characters and emotions carry the film from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2013
There is a natural rhythm to the film that makes its own quiet, life-affirming statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 7, 2011
When it sometimes seems the whole society has spiritually decamped for Tinseltown, the movie offers the hope that people can come home again-at least for a visit.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Valuable lessons in loving one's family members.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
February 4, 2008
Fonda was 75 when this picture was made and must have known he didn't have much time. There could have been no finer final curtain for him than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
February 4, 2008
Without question, these are major, meaty roles for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, and there could have been little doubt that the two would work superbly together.
Emanuel Levy
June 11, 2007
This family melodrama about aging, mortality, and reconciliation is more significant as a social than artistic event: It's the only teaming of Henry Fonda (who won an Oscar) with daughter Jane (who produced it for him) and also with screen icon Hepburn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Two of Hollywood's best-loved veterans deserved a far better swan song than this sticky confection.
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Wonderful to get one last sweet visit with Mr. Fonda and Ms. Hepburn.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 28, 2004
Stellar cast in left field family values classic.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Watching the movie, I felt I was witnessing something rare and valuable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
On Golden Pond is a mixed blessing, but it offers one performance of rare quality and three others that are very good. That's not half-bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 31, 2004
On Golden Pond is a thematically rich drama exploring marriage, aging, family conflict, death and dying.
David Bezanson
October 23, 2003
A manipulative, Oscar-ready mainstream drama. But surprisingly, it's not a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Classic drama. Moving exploration of old age.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn both shine in an impressively executed Hollywood drama.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The cinematic equivalent of shrink-wrapping, in which all of the ideas, feelings, characters, and images are neatly separated and hermetically sealed to prevent spoilage, abrasion, or any contact with the natural world.
Cole Smithey
May 24, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
January 1, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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