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  • Summary: Walking along a deserted stretch of coastline, Theresa Osborne discovers a moving, passionate message in a bottle. The letter's poetry and heartache reach Theresa, and her search for the author leads her to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to a sailboat builder named Garret Blake. (Warner Bros.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. 90
    It may not be “The Bridges of Madison County,” but the latest Kevin Costner romance is nearly as good as they get.
  2. On paper, the movie sounds unbearably schlocky, but Costner plays Garret the reluctant backcountry prince as mythic but also foxy and life size.
  3. Reviewed by: Karen Schoemer
    50
    The film has its dumb points: too many shots of churning surf and lovers nestled in beach blankets, not to mention the premise that women find incommunicative, hulking shells like Blake the height of irresistibility. But it gets you.
  4. 50
    It's love with tragic complications, and director Luis Mandoki drags the torture out for two-plus hours.
  5. Garret is played by Kevin Costner, who should avoid all future roles that call for overalls and goggles and who this time crosses the line from teasingly laconic to stodgy.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Thompson
    40
    The depressing results will likely make viewers feel jerked around when it's all over.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    10
    Dreary, lachrymose and incredibly poky tear-jerker that makes its audience wait and wait and wait until nearly the last second for its jerking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. May 28, 2011
    10
    This film describes one of the most sensibles love stories ever to be told. It combines the struggle between the past and the present of a man that wants to punish himself for the misfortune he had with his lost wife. With no hope, helped by his father, agrees to take a chance with a possible new love, Teresa, a very smart and sensible journalist. The dialog between the characters is breathtaking, the pauses are so intense, it feels so real, as if this is not a film, but indeed the scene of life, where emotions are mixed and the result is always unpredictable. Message in a bottle is about acceptance, about opening your heart after a terrible loss, about forgiveness and appreciation of love and destiny.
    I have seen Message in a bottle every year and it seems every time even better then the last.
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