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  • Summary: Based on the award-winning novel by Howard Frank Mosher. Legendary actor/songwriter Kris Kristofferson stars as schemer and dreamer Quebec Bill Bonhomme -- in a spellbinding tale of high-stakes whiskey-smuggling, a family's mysterious past, and a young boy's rite of passage. (Kingdom County Productions) Collapse
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  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. A heartfelt effort, if at times a bit heavy-handed.
  3. 75
    Solidly old-fashioned entertainment.
  4. 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.
  5. The movie, though lovingly handmade by Mr. Craven, has a frustratingly disjunctive rhythm.
  6. 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.
  7. It is a pretentious and incoherent blend of ghost story and frontier adventure that becomes more preposterous and idiotic with each passing scene.

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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
    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. Expand
  2. JonS.
    May 2, 2007
    Fantastic cast. Kristofferson nails the character's gritty and increasingly misguided optimism. The kid is solid, and the supporting cast is excellent across the board. I can see how some people might get confused by the magical realist elements, but for audience members who are willing to accept those as part of the whole, it's a rewarding experience. Expand
  3. AnnaB.
    Jun 14, 2007
    Incomprehensible and not well put together.
  4. DylanS.
    May 15, 2007
    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. Expand