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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

3 stars

If hate sends men to war, then it must be love that brings them home. Good Film! It's beautifully crafted, assembled, and absolutely mesmerizing in all aspects of film making techniques and style. The music score and soundtracks are so appropriate locked into the events and the moods of the characters. And the film's title? It does project its allegorical appeal. This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

- MANUGINO, Friday, April 18, 2014

4 stars

Love it! Great acting by all of the casts! Nicole Kidman is awesome....

- citawijaya, Monday, June 2, 2008

3 stars

Cold Mountain is a very good film starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger. Set during the civil war a young couple (kidman and law) are torn apart due to the war and him leaving to join it. During it she meets an off the wall loner (zellweger) whom helps her create a life by herlself....what love will do to someone...a movie worth seeing

- mwilliams078, Sunday, August 3, 2008