|Miramax Films | Release Date: December 25, 2003||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A much better movie about the South during the Civil War than Gone with the Wind--visionary, erotic, and tragic where the older movie is flossy, merely ambitious and self-important. [22 & 29 December 2003, p. 166]
The result is a mountain of honest, nourishing corn, a lavish evocation of simplicity that, for all its showy sophistication, has an appealing emotional directness. For all its sweep and scope and movie-star magic, Cold Mountain is studded with fine small moments and deft supporting performances. Read full review
Zellweger looks like a big movie star roughing it à la Paris Hilton, and as if this weren't distracting enough, the hills are alive with big acting names from both sides of the Atlantic who pop up as help or hindrance to Inman's pilgrim's progress while straining, with variable success, for credible Southern twangs. Read full review
Looks splendid and commands respect, but leaves you wondering what essential something you missed. It's a worthy film at war with itself.
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