The Claim

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    This director's (Winterbottom) reach is impressive, but this time it doesn't quite grasp.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    50
    The actors seem as frozen as the landscape in this unsuccessful attempt at a grand and profound Western about the California Gold Rush.
  3. Seems more clever than heartfelt, and whether you enjoy it may depend on how much you like Robert Altman's eccentric western "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," which it uncannily resembles.
  4. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    50
    Aside from an uninspired script by Frank Cotrell Boyce, is that none of the assembled actors really has enough star presence to compete with the sheer spectacle.
  5. Sadly the film is so elusive, so distant, that it never seems more than half-alive.
  6. 50
    The film moves too slowly and dispassionately to resonate as it should.
  7. 50
    This strikingly beautiful anti-western is filled with arresting images.
  8. 50
    Nicely acted, wonderfully scenic but emotionally vapid.
  9. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    50
    Despite the film's impressively epic look and an interesting cast of young and old actors, it ringingly sounds the same dour note over and over again.
  10. The film feels inauthentic, a cardboard version of other epics that's cast for distribution to various world markets.
  11. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    40
    Comes to the screen missing subtle cues and crucial connections.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DL
    Mar 11, 2006
    10
    Amazing, amazing film. Great acting, cinematography, emotionally engrossing story and of course Milla Jovovich is smokin'.