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The Shipping News Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Not really meant for kids and teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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

Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore astound in touching, well-told tale of rebirth and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Hallström ... 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
Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide
July 13, 2002
| Original Score: 76/100
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
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
Noah Davis
March 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
February 22, 2002
...leads us from the alien to the comprehensible with a gentle, leisurely hand.
Nev Pierce
February 17, 2002
Just as staple foods can sometimes be enjoyable, so this easy-to-digest, gently amusing drama is a pleasant way to fritter away a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 31, 2002
We gain pleasure from watching the actors, including Judi Dench as Quoyle's starchy aunt and Julianne Moore as his friend and potential lover.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
The movie has a modest but true feeling for the ways in which people are formed by the ravages of their natural surroundings.
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
January 21, 2002
With its sterling literary pedigree, picturesque setting, proven creative team and dream cast, "The Shipping News" ultimately ends up less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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