Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
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  1. Scott Hicks adapts David Guterson's best-selling novel as if it was poetry.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    The kind of richly layered film that Hollywood seldom attempts, much less brings off. But it's more than brought off here in grand, solid style and beautifully crafted detail.
  3. 88
    Uusually satisfying in the way it unfolds.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. SusanF.
    Mar 21, 2006
    10
    Mesmerizing film- beautifully done - provacative and above all heart wrenching movie.