Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Ulee's Gold is a story of redemption, and Nunez doesn't make redemption look any easier than it is.
  2. Ulee's Gold stands out for its sureness, its quiet emotional force and writer-director Victor Nunez's ability to find and nurture the mystery and power in the events of an ordinary life.
  3. Beautiful and heartfelt, an oasis of humanity in a season of furious hyperbole.
  4. 90
    Though it occasionally wears its metaphors on its sleeve, Ulee's Gold should, if there's any justice, find the same thoughtful-drama-hungry audience that made "Sling Blade" a hit.
  5. 90
    Nunez finds a striking lyricism in simple lives that inspires an uncommonly fine cast and ranks him as a world-class filmmaker.
  6. Fonda brings all of his childhood frustration and angst to the screen in one of the year's most unexpectedly brilliant acting performances.
  7. 88
    Nunez has a gift for finding the essence, the soul, of his actors.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    An emotionally honest low-ebber that builds to a satisfying wrap-up.
  9. 88
    The highest compliment I can offer Ulee's Gold is that it plays more like real life than a movie.

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