Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
Watch On
  1. 60
    A big fat war movie and a tender love story. Indeed, Cold Mountain is something of an uneasy struggle between the two modes.
  2. There are not one, but two wars raging inside this adaptation: one between the North and the South, and another, more calamitous war between art and middlebrow entertainment.
  3. 60
    Allows the supporting cast to steal the movie.
  4. Leaving the book aside, how well does the picture fare? Middingly, and in fits and starts.
  5. 50
    Cold Mountain is a romance, refreshingly free from the taint of any political realities other than the "War is hell" variety. It's also completely juiceless.
  6. The fine cast is also misused -- especially Kidman, who looks as unruffled at the end of her torments as before they began, and Zellweger, who does a job of overacting that might have gotten rejected by "The Beverly Hillbillies."
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 265 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 148
  2. Negative: 74 out of 148
  1. Jan 7, 2011
    10
    You can talk about this movie whatever you want, but it will not change the fact that it is excellent. The cast is fantastic, just like theYou can talk about this movie whatever you want, but it will not change the fact that it is excellent. The cast is fantastic, just like the story. If you look at other films that came out that year, and see that half of them are really bad, this movie is fantastic. Full Review »
  2. JanetC
    Dec 22, 2008
    10
    I fail utterly to understand WHY people hate this film. I study literature, for God's sake, I would have noticed if the script had been I fail utterly to understand WHY people hate this film. I study literature, for God's sake, I would have noticed if the script had been dire, which it is NOT. If you think Zellweger was hammy, you don't know ham. The ONLY problem with this film is that Jude Law and Nicole Kidman have dodgy accents, but they could have been a lot worse. Chemistry was good, soundtrack was great. What did you expect? Am so glad the critics agree with me on this one - it's a smashing film! Full Review »
  3. Oct 18, 2010
    8
    I liked this movie. It maybe the sweet appearance of Nicole Kidman, Or the extremely good cast. Strange to see Renee Zellweger in that kind ofI liked this movie. It maybe the sweet appearance of Nicole Kidman, Or the extremely good cast. Strange to see Renee Zellweger in that kind of Role. I don't get why people hate this movie this much. It's well structured at best. I mean I can't see anything wrong with it. I guess you couldn't outright say this is one of the best. But still It's a solid piece of work. Full Review »