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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2001
Relentlessly colorful and cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
December 25, 2001
Deals with weighty issues and is intellectually intriguing, but I found myself uninvolved from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 18, 2002
Their performances are strong. But they can't keep the film from plowing through some disappointingly rough waters.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
December 17, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tyler
December 25, 2001
A jumble of themes and fractured half-stories, none of which are never truly dealt with or fully developd.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 25, 2001
The interior monologues and intense detail of the book don't transfer well to the big screen. When a guy is this bored with himself, why should we argue otherwise?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 25, 2001
Moves at a glacial pace, much like the icy land it's set in. And even a top-notch cast can't warm up the atmosphere.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 16, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Rob Blackwelder
December 24, 2001
The kind of mundanely well-tuned movie designed for the singular purpose of winning undeserved Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 15, 2002
Solidly directed, evenly acted, and nicely filmed -- no real surprises, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 15, 2002
Spacey furrows his brow a lot when he isn't making confused-hurt puppy-dog eyes at everyone, [but] he's really hard to feel any sympathy for when you just want to smack some sense into him.
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Full Review | 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+
May 7, 2002
Queda un sentimiento de insatisfacción 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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 25, 2001
It's easier to respect than to love a movie almost totally lacking in conventional dramatic conflict, with almost all the characters seeming in dire need of antidepressants.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 25, 2001
Instead of giving you the book, it leaves you with the unfulfilled sense of having leafed through an elegant, studiously captioned photo essay of the same material.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
December 25, 2001
Hallstrom injects a little magic realism here, a fantasy flashback there, but without Proulx's language, what's left is a pretty pedestrian tale.
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