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The Shipping News Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
You can envision the attractively packaged DVD or Blu-ray sell-through collection now: 'Lasse Hallstrom's Baldly Oscar-Baiting Literary Adaptations. Buy it today!'
Full Review | Original Score: D
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Not really meant for kids and teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 11, 2007
What has happened to Lasse Hallstrom: This poor adaptation of an interesting novel is not only bland but also poorly acted and shapeless
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...a problematic film redeemed by its steel gray palette and the actorly instincts of its chief players
| Original Score: B
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore astound in touching, well-told tale of rebirth and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Hallstr÷m ... has done a spectacular job with this odd story, and has created a memorable, if not perfect film.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Mr. Spacey and his estimable supporting cast bring skill and commitment to their roles; they respect their characters and demand as much from the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
September 1, 2002
The ensemble work by the cast helps detract from the narrative's basic aimlessness.
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John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
July 15, 2002
The book is better----Long awaited screen adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's "Shipping News" fails to transport the goods
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Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 21, 2002
It seems there is almost no prized novel that director Lasse Hallstrom couldn't make duller and less purposeful.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine
June 21, 2002
Another beautifully-made and serious-minded celebration of having nothing to say.
Full Review | Original Score: capsule
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 14, 2002
Everyone has not only some catastrophe but some mystical experience to communicate until, finally, it all comes crashing down in well-timed, well-executed ennui.
| Original Score: 6/10
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 9, 2002
Nearly everyone we meet has a cute name (Billy Pretty, B.B. Nutbeem, etc.), an extensive backstory and his/her personal set of adorable eccentricities. It's enough to give folksy types a bad name.
May 7, 2002
Queda un sentimiento de insatisfacciˇn por haber perdido casi dos horas sentado y sin que se nos diga hacia donde van los eventos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2002
Begins so unsurely that it hardly has a chance at recovery
| Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 14, 2002
The story is played as a warm and fuzzy one, a fairy tale where children are revered and one's family roots are sacred.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
I am baffled by all the negativity surrounding it, and I am prepared to designate it as the most underrated film of 2001.
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
March 10, 2002
Titular: La vida anodina e insulsa te lleva a lo impredecible.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
The Shipping News isn't much of a breaking story, but its byline is hungry enough to be in the right place despite its convoluted convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
The simple build of comedy and meticulous build of tragedy are missing and so, in effect, is the movie's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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