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The Shipping News Reviews

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.
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.
January 17, 2002
Spacey brilliantly shows Quoyle's transformation from a passive clod to a curious journalist.
January 10, 2002
I like good newspaper movies. Most of them get it completely wrong. In this case, it's exactly right.
January 8, 2002
Some novels need to be left alone. Hear that, Hollywood?
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
January 8, 2002
Where The Cider House Rules was one of the most exquisite examples of classical Hollywood filmmaking in years, Chocolat was no more than a trite, pleasant trifle. The Shipping News, well made as it is, isn't even up to that standard.
January 3, 2002
A movie that engrosses, hypnotizes and clings to the memory long after the final frame.
December 28, 2001
Hallstrom and screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, the team that gave us the spectacularly ordinary Chocolat, have concocted another box of mediocrity.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 28, 2001
[L]ike a string quartet performing a half-beat off, the team behind Chocolat only occasionally captures the story's essential tones of absurd tragedy and comedy.
December 28, 2001
It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2001
A quiet, penetrating marvel of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 26, 2001
Too muted to be counted as a fully successful big-screen translation of Annie Proulx's enormously popular novel, but there's a lot to like in it all the same.
December 25, 2001
Despite its haunting artistry and its winning eccentricities, The Shipping News is a vehicle that's still very much at sea.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2001
Relentlessly colorful and cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
December 25, 2001
It's worth seeing at the very least because it is so different from standard Hollywood fare.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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?
December 25, 2001
A meticulous and often moving adaptation from Lasse Hallström.
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.
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
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
December 25, 2001
The nominally emotional moments feel unearned, partially because many of the book's edges and eccentricities have been softened.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 24, 2001
By and large, it's a solid film.
December 24, 2001
Hallstrom has fashioned a disjointed movie full of strong performances and some powerful individual scenes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2001
A satisfying movie experience, a film you admire for its reluctance to turn up the dramatic heat.
December 24, 2001
The story line's strength and resilience allow the film to rebound from lumpish storytelling and one major miscasting.
December 24, 2001
The acting is first-rate, and deeply moving at times. However, it takes the patience of Job to get to the end.
December 24, 2001
Hallstrom ... has always been excellent with scenery and ensemble casts, and Shipping News, besides its great Trinity Blight vistas, has another incredible ensemble.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2001
A limp and sodden downer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 21, 2001
With a very able cast on hand to flesh out the finer details ... it makes for an artfully assembled picture.
December 18, 2001
The fable-telling here is more attuned to character and largely apolitical.