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  • Summary: Based on E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the story traces one man's extraordinary journey to self-discovery when he returns to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland. (Miramax Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. In a time when even the best of big Hollywood movies all seem to be mired in a certain nagging, unimaginative visual sameness, this one dares to take us to a place we haven't been before.
  2. Beside its major virtues, it contains a vice: that one flat lead performance. Who would have thought Kevin Spacey would ever go dull on us?
  3. 70
    It's worth seeing at the very least because it is so different from standard Hollywood fare.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Watching the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by E. Annie Proulx on the big screen is like being on an ocean liner stuck on a glacier.
  5. 50
    Hasn't got quite the right sound as it did in Annie Proulx's novel.
  6. 50
    This atmosphere-heavy drama, with its comfortably quirky characters, elegant performances, and ever shifting tone, is so innocuous it's not worth panning.
  7. 10
    The language is leaden, the pace glacial and the characters indecipherable. It's easier to read the actors -- they all seem eager to win an Oscar. Fat chance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6