Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. The movie looks like far more than a million dollars and it offers the kind of smart, picaresque good time you get from books like "The Reivers" and "Huckleberry Finn" and movies like "Bronco Billy" and "Bonnie and Clyde."
  2. 75
    Solidly old-fashioned entertainment.
  3. A heartfelt effort, if at times a bit heavy-handed.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    A frequently mesmerizing if exceedingly strange coming-of-age odyssey.
  5. 63
    The mix of rollicking, family-friendly action and backwoods mysticism is odd, as is the story's progress from larky escapades to increasingly grim consequences, and Craven never quite manages to make it all seem a smoothly integrated piece.
  6. The movie, though lovingly handmade by Mr. Craven, has a frustratingly disjunctive rhythm.
  7. Jay Craven's stilted adaptation of a novel by Howard Frank Mosher lacks the urgency, the poetry, or the feeling for period that might have brought the material to life, while the cast seems to be largely squandered.
  8. The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.
  9. It is a pretentious and incoherent blend of ghost story and frontier adventure that becomes more preposterous and idiotic with each passing scene.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. FrankL.
    Apr 8, 2008
    9
    Really interesting and dense take on a sort of New England Western genre. Kristofferson's really good as this sort of force of nature, torpedoes-be-damned whiskey smuggler, and the supporting cast is all strong as well. Some parts seem to come out of nowhere, but overall a very successful film. Full Review »
  2. AnnaB.
    Jun 14, 2007
    2
    Incomprehensible and not well put together.
  3. DylanS.
    May 15, 2007
    0
    Saw it at a film fest where I go to school, horribly shot, horribly acted and written even worse. Avoid at all cost, may be the worst piece of trash I've ever seen. The book may be all well and good, but this was not. Full Review »