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  • Summary: The story of two women attempting to reconcile with their families and the changing landscape of their small Florida town due to country club resort developers.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Creates a cinematic mosaic of American lives unprecedented in its range, balance, subtlety and even-handedness.
  2. 88
    Sayles' film moves among a large population of characters with grace, humor and a forgiving irony.
  3. Almost two and a half hours long, and mostly consists of calm conversations. But don't be deterred, or you'll miss out on a study of character, class and changing times that puts Robert Altman's stodgy "Gosford Park" to shame.
  4. 70
    Unlike in similar past efforts, Sayles never finds a way to bring it all together. Individual moments of considerable impact alternate with stretches that go nowhere.
  5. These are valid ideas, but they don't always arise organically out of the script, and can seem clumsily expressed.
  6. Reviewed by: J. R. Jones
    60
    When Sayles has a compelling story line he's one of America's finest (Matewan, Lone Star), but when he doesn't he can be dull and unfocused. Filling out the latter category is this ensemble drama about piracy, both personal and economic, on an island off the coast of northern Florida.
  7. 40
    Sodden and glum, even in those moments where it's supposed to feel funny and light. It makes you feel trapped and flailing as the minutes tick by. If it encapsulates anything, it's the experience of drowning, not waving.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. FrankO.
    Jan 15, 2006
    10
    Anoterh John Sayles masterpiece. This was the 2nd time I watched this movie and enjoyed this again. It is a great character study of a local Anoterh John Sayles masterpiece. This was the 2nd time I watched this movie and enjoyed this again. It is a great character study of a local community facing over development by greedy developers...great ensemble cast. Expand
  2. PatC.
    Apr 16, 2007
    7
    This is a movie of dialogue between characters of unrelenting attitude. All the literary devices are here, heavy on the soliloquoys and This is a movie of dialogue between characters of unrelenting attitude. All the literary devices are here, heavy on the soliloquoys and forced platitudes. It's more of an expose than a story with a plot. What emerges is an implicit rebuke of all those who labor to fill our minds with an endless stream of B.S. In the end, while not being satisfying, it is still interesting and definitely has its moments. Expand

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