During the Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier (Jude Law) abandons his duties to make his way home to his sweetheart (Nicole Kidman).
" A film of many excellences undermined by a flawed narrative. "
" It is a promontory of undeniable beauty and occasional power, but Cold Mountain remains so dark and distant on the screen -- shivering in a wintry gloom -- that it hardly casts an emotional shadow. "
" An exquisitely crafted Civil War epic that combines the epic romantic sweep of Gone With the Wind with a more intimate voice that speaks eloquently to the war-weary nation of today. "
" There is something distancing about the film, and I don't refer to the Romanian mountains standing for North Carolina's Blue Ridge. "
" At 154 minutes, Cold Mountain is long and seems long, at times inspired, at times merely dutiful. But in most of the important ways, it succeeds. "
" Here is a privileged example of a talented filmmaker at the top of his game, abetted by a dream cast that's every bit as committed and passionate as he is. "
" Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy, satisfying. "
" As they might have said in the old days, this sweeping historical romance is one heck of a classy picture which is both its great virtue and its limitation. "
" If the love story is asked to carry more weight than it can bare, at least this is a film of rich measure and ambition. "
" Law's performance ... sustains us throughout the movie, just as love sustains Inman during his long separation from Ada. "
" A sublime story of brute living and ethereal yearning. "
" It's enough of a spectacle to enjoy. It's too bad the stars are little more than serviceable and give the movie title an irony it could certainly do without. "
" Cold is right -- Anthony Minghella's pretty, star-studded adaptation of the bestselling Civil War romance never makes it above freezing. "
" It's a great old-fashioned wallow of a time at the movies. "
" Underneath the movie's cold surface, Cold Mountain turns out to be a volcano. "
" Watching this movie, it seems to be the next level down from great -- maybe too episodic. But it burns in the memory weeks after you see it. "
" Good, sometimes thrilling, but it's less a war epic than an evocative romantic melodrama with a patchy first hour. "
" Crowded with fascinating supporting characters, who make the long haul -- the movie clocks in at 2 1/2 hours -- worth attempting. "
" Three quarters of Cold Mountain consist of some of the most masterful and absorbing filmmaking of the year. "
" A Civil War movie that wins some of its skirmishes but can't entirely escape battle fatigue. "
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