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On Golden Pond Reviews

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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.
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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.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Valuable lessons in loving one's family members.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Wonderful to get one last sweet visit with Mr. Fonda and Ms. Hepburn.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
May 24, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn both shine in an impressively executed Hollywood drama.
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.
Susan Granger
January 1, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Chauncey
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 28, 2004
Stellar cast in left field family values classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Spence D.
IGN Movies
February 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 4, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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