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  • Summary: A raw, romantic tale of stark beauty and primal authenticity about how dreams collided with greed in the making of California. [MGM]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 90
    One of those rare literary adaptations that finds its fidelity in freedom, that stands as both a fitting version of its source material and as its own creation.
  2. 88
    Parsimonious with its plot, which is revealed on a need-to-know basis. At first, we're not even sure who is who; dialogue is half-heard, references are unclear, the townspeople know things we discover only gradually.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Gives off the same vapor of impending tragedy—of a fate neither just nor unjust but ineffably, wrenchingly right.
  4. There's something almost too controlled, cerebral, and overdetermined about Winterbottom's Western notions.
  5. The actors seem as frozen as the landscape in this unsuccessful attempt at a grand and profound Western about the California Gold Rush.
  6. 50
    The film moves too slowly and dispassionately to resonate as it should.
  7. 20
    A numb, oddly dispassionate trudge toward predestined doom, inevitable in all the wrong ways.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2

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