A constant barrage of abuse from her co-workers spurs a miner (Charlize Theron) to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against her employer.
" Though the dirt and grime in North Country are artfully applied, it's purely cosmetic and skin-deep. "
" It's a memorable and touching portrayal of a certain kind of woman who is vital and determined instead of neurotic and victimized. "
" If you can take North Country as a movie, not a news report, you'll find a moving work that explores sexual harassment with unusual candor. "
" For all North Country's blockbuster elements, the film remains a curiously uninvolving affair. "
" What gives North Country urgency is that it's about how a man comes to understand that it's bad for him and for his community to deny his daughter privileges and prerogatives he'd grant his son. "
" North Country is in the tradition of workers-rights films like Norma Rae and Silkwood in that it sends its message through a convincing character whose temerity and courage are accompanied by less heroic baggage. "
" North Country may be a simplistic account of a hard-won battle, but it will have audiences cheering. "
" There's nothing cool or dispassionate anywhere in this film. It radiates waves of heat. "
" You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a strong ensemble. "
" If there was ever any thought that perhaps Whale Rider was a fluke, North Country should erase all doubt. "
" Niki Caro, director of Whale Rider, has made a classic underdog-vs.-the-system story, rendered in the harsh blue-grays of a Minnesota winter. "
" In overdoing the theatrics and hammering the cliches North Country does artistic injustice to its own important argument. "
" In the end, the no-nonsense direction by Caro (the New Zealander who directed Whale Rider), the terrific actors and the pitiless visuals by the great Menges more than carry the day. "
" Despite its serious subject matter, North Country is a crowd-pleaser at heart. "
" North Country delivers an emotional wallop and a couple of performances worthy of recognition come award time. "
" She's [Caro] got a good story to tell (based, loosely, on a real-life case), and a marvelous cast to help her tell it. "
" North Country does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is brought to the breaking point. "
" Theron's truly raw and impassioned performance as Josey - - can't save the film from its own gradually slowing pace and seriously compromised third act. "
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