The Postman

Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 8 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Although The Postman conveys a thoroughly imagined vision of a future society, its basic concerns are actually far from those of traditional sci-fi, as it quickly comes to feel more like a Western than anything else.
  2. 50
    If you take The Postman at face value - that it's a straightforward, post- apocalyptic adventure tale, then it could seem like one of the worst movies of the year, if not of all time.
  3. 50
    It's tempting to accuse director and star Kevin Costner of taking the idea of vanity production to a new level in this frontier adventure based on a book by David Brin.
  4. Regrettably, The Postman is just one more reminder of what a nonfactor sincerity often is in terms of artistic merit.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    40
    The Postman isn't as atrocious as the inane trailers and media hype have indicated, but like "Waterworld" a lot of the prerelease scrutiny is well warranted.
  6. Costner's ponderous post-apocalyptic morality tale feels every minute of its nearly three hours.
  7. 38
    There are those who will no doubt call The Postman the worst film of the year, but it's too good-hearted for that.
  8. 30
    But since Costner canít save his movie, it's something of a stretch to think he might be able to save the world.
  9. Goofy and gee-whiz when it isn't being post-apocalyptic glum, it is such an earnest hodgepodge that only by imagining "Mad Max" directed by Frank Capra can you get even an inkling of what it's like.
  10. The dragging pace is one of several agonizing defects in this bloated sci-fi action drama.
  11. The story takes place in 2013, but you'd hardly know it from the age-old clichés Kevin Costner purloins to tell this overblown action yarn, which relies so heavily on ideas borrowed from John Ford westerns that the Hollywood giant should have been credited as codirector; too bad Costner can't invest them with Ford's kind of life and originality, though.
  12. What willful streak of perversity inspired Kevin Costner to take on this wacky tale of a letter carrier-turned-postapocalyptic hero?
  13. 20
    Director-star Kevin Costner falls head over heels in love with himself in this nihilistic, post-apocalyptic clunker about a loner who becomes a reluctant sperm donor, role model and inevitably a godsend to what's left of America.
  14. Every truly awful movie epic has a point of no return, a moment when the accumulated bad lines and bogus sentimentality become so cloying that the best defense against a mounting queasiness is an awed amusement. The Postman, offers a new opportunity for levity every few minutes after its first hour.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    10
    What a great performance and story line. This is without a doubt one of my top 5 films. The storyline for me had me at every turn. Costner wasWhat a great performance and story line. This is without a doubt one of my top 5 films. The storyline for me had me at every turn. Costner was certainly given the raw end of the pro critics but I've made a few films and appeared and it was just brilliant Full Review »
  2. PatC.
    Jun 30, 2006
    2
    A riveting epic ranking right up there with Heavens Gate.
  3. Mar 4, 2015
    8
    An underrated gem. An exciting story, strong performances throughout and a touching insight into the flaws and hopes of human nature. GivenAn underrated gem. An exciting story, strong performances throughout and a touching insight into the flaws and hopes of human nature. Given the almost universal trashing this film received from the critics I can only imagine that hollywood felt it was time to take Kevin Costner down a peg or two. Full Review »