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Cold Mountain


In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier (Law) embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart (Kidman). Based on the novel by Charles Frazier.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Excellent but upsetting, only for older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie has very graphic battle violence, with many characters wounded and killed. There are explicit sexual references and situations, including nudity, prostitution, and attempted rape. Characters engage in a swindle involving seduction and betrayal, with nudity and graphic references. One character shows strong values by turning down sexual offers so that he can remain faithful to the woman he loves. Characters use strong language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the perspective of this movie, sympathetic to the point of view of the deserter and putting a lot of emphasis on the challenges of the people who were not fighting the battles, differs from many stories set in wartime. What does that say about that era and ours? How does that relate to the description of what happens when the bird eats a seed? Ruby and Ada were both raised by their fathers. Which father prepared his daughter best for what she would have to do? What do each of the people Inman meets on his way home add to the story? If the sky were to fall down tomorrow, what would you want to make sure you said today?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, December 25, 2003

Fresh: A film of many excellences undermined by a flawed narrative.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Fresh: 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.

- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Thursday, December 25, 2003

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Beautiful, sad story with an amazing cast and stunning scenery.

- gatorgirl13, Saturday, September 11, 2010

4 stars

This is a pretty long Civil War melodrama, but it's pretty damn good. I;m not really into romance movies, but Civil War dramas are okay in my book. I really like the cast and the performances they give. That includes even the bit parts by Jack White, Ethan Suplee, and others. I also really enjoyed the camera work and the music- good stuff. This is a tearjerker, but if you have the time, and are in the right mood, this proves to be a satisfying watch.

- cosmo313, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

3 stars

There is no denying that Cold Mountain is a good movie. if you were to make a list of things that a "good movie" shoud have, it would hit every single item. It has a good story, one that is very famiilar while still unique; great acting from a talented and popular cast; and is sprawling and masterful in its cinematography and sheer scope. While I really did enjoy the movie, it never got under my skin. The story sort of demands that it be incredibly emotional, but it just seems sort of detatched. You never really feel all that strongly for Inman and Ada. Oftentimes the characters seem very stereotypical and cliched as well. Overall, it is a good film, but there are just to many flaws to really consider Cold Mountain to be great.

- neverteaseaweasel, Wednesday, February 17, 2010