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  • Summary: Set against the backdrop of the national crisis that erupted following Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor, this is an elegiac, multi-layered exploration of memory, love and reconciliation on an island in the Pacific Northwest. (Universal Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Scott Hicks adapts David Guterson's best-selling novel as if it was poetry.
  2. Reflective, deliberate, building gradually to a climax that left me touched.
  3. Fails to completely engage the viewer at the basic level of story.
  4. Movies made from serious novels are often ridiculed as unworthy of their sources, but this one may be too worthy -- too reverent, too showy, too earnest.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    Not a crowd-pleasing, or even audience-oriented, movie; it's a two-hour-plus mood piece.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.
  7. 25
    Ultimately groans under the weight of its own quiet gorgeousness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. SusanF.
    Mar 21, 2006
    10
    Mesmerizing film- beautifully done - provacative and above all heart wrenching movie.
  2. LunaM.
    Apr 9, 2008
    4
    The scattered fragments of the story are overwhelmed by the film's weighty, somber, pretentious cinematography and score. Visually The scattered fragments of the story are overwhelmed by the film's weighty, somber, pretentious cinematography and score. Visually poetic and lovingly photographed. But one ponderously slow scene follows another. Snippets of same are then repeated through flashbacks. Over-use of crying babies to dramatize bad news. Plenty of passion and talent were behind the making of this movie, but for me it was too self-conscious, gloomy and (watch as the rain drips drips drips) SLOW. Expand

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