The Price of Milk (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Price of Milk (2001)



Critic Consensus: Awash in random whimsy, The Price of Milk feels more forced and muddled than charming.

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New Zealand filmmaker Harry Sinclair turns to a more rural setting with this modern fairy tale centering on two lovers, Lucinda ($Danielle Cormack) and Rob (Karl Urban), who live on a dairy farm in a quaint small town. On a standard errand one day, Lucinda accidentally hits an older woman on the road. The woman miraculously gets up unharmed and disappears, but soon afterward, Lucinda starts incorporating her fears into her current romantic relationship. In an effort to restore their romantic lives to a more exciting plane, Lucinda begins creating small conflicts on the advice of friend Drosophila (Willa O'Neill), hoping for instant results. One night, however, Rob and Lucinda are robbed by a Maori group, later revealed to be the nephews of the woman stricken in the car accident. The group steals a quilt, which Lucinda barters 117 of Rob's farm cows to get back. Meanwhile, Drosophila has attempted to steal Rob for herself, and Lucinda's plans turn out to work against her. Director Sinclair reportedly developed the story as an outline, with many elements devised as the film progressed during shooting.


Critic Reviews for The Price of Milk

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (16)

Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its parts.

June 7, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Too bad that unconscious haunting quality is in no way conveyed by the story, which soon reveals itself not as magical but silly -- and even irritating.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I was never much convinced by the romantic chemistry between Rob and Lucinda.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Seems to be grasping for lyricism and whimsy and just missing.

April 26, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sometimes it's pretty openly treading water while inspiration flags. But there's more to like than dislike in The Price of Milk.

April 13, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Rather than being cute and magical, the film feels forced, a good joke that goes on way past the punch line.

April 6, 2001
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Price of Milk

I watched this for Karl Urban, straight up. This was weird in a bad way but also a little charming... I just didn't like how the woman went from normal to crazy-bitch and then back again. I also liked Karl Urban's lack of voice when he's upset.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

Cute absurdist New Zealand fairy tale, about a woman who doubts her husband to be loves her, and tries to ruin his life in various ways to prove he does. Theres a magical grandmother, who steals all the quilts in the county because shes cold, and an agoraphobic dog who walks around with a box over him at all times. Alot of whimsicle, kinda funny moments that dont make much sense. There were some innovative moments, for a no-budget movie like this, the scene where the house seems to follow Rob, as he walks away stands out. I dont usually care for romantic comedies, but this was nice enough. It's unique and pleasant.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers

The cinematography and music are beautiful. A truly beautiful film - a bit creeptastic too! This still hasn't shown me if Karl Urban can act or not.

Starr Nguyen
Starr Nguyen

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