Ulee's Gold

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23

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  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.
  10. 80
    Nunez is a master at rendering emotionally complex, ordinary folk into the kind of unassuming heroes that don't much appear in American films anymore.
  11. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Ulee's Gold possesses an attribute that's increasingly rare in American filmmaking, independent or Hollywood: call it soul.
  12. The film becomes a modest delight.
  13. Leisurely pacing of this kind is likely to register as a form of respect for the viewer's intelligence and observation.
  14. Peter Fonda's the bee's knees in the performance of his career.
  15. Nunez's style is quiet, simple and deliberate, but the film never drags.
  16. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    70
    A very pleasant experience in watching life unfold in its own direction and time.
  17. Still, flaws and all, we have to be grateful to Nunez for persisting in his independence.
  18. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Nunez's movies go places, but with no acceleration.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Nunez achieves a rare, and rarely earned, emotional depth that rewards the moderate demands he makes on contemporary viewers' short attention spans.

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