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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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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

A wonderful film! I really did not know what to expect when I watched this because I had only heard a little bit about it, some good, some bad. I was very surprised by how good it was. I loved it! Best thing about the movie is the absolutely brilliant cast. I don't really like Nicole Kidman or Renee Zellweger, but I really enjoyed their performances. Renee Zellweger was worthy of her Oscar. Another thing that blew me away was the strong supporting cast. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Eileen really makes every scene in this film strong, entertaining, and touching, which adds lots of momentum to the film. Why was this not nominated for 2003 Best Picture? Obviously The Return of the King was superior than any other film during that year, but Cold Mountain is definitely a better film than both Master and Commander, and Seabiscuit, which were both Best Picture nominees. This truly is a great film. I recommend it!

- jamers2011, Saturday, November 13, 2010

3 stars

A very long movie about civil war that will make you bored. However, it is a good movie that deserves to be watched. But I don't quite like it and doubt that I will watch it again in the future. The cinematography is beautiful. They have a good job in making the accent of the area. Jude Law as always, bringing the best he can to the movie. Nicole Kidman, to me, is boring here because it looks like she got a character who is "weak". Natalie Portman, even if she's not in the most scenes, did a great job as Sara.

- nadirairdiana, Wednesday, January 5, 2011