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Based on the novel by Charles Frazier, Anthony Minghella's star-studded Cold Mountain is a sweeping tale set in the final days of the American Civil War. Jude Law stars as Inman, a young soldier who, despite an injury, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada (Nicole Kidman) awaits. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby (Renée Zellweger), who helps her keep up her late father's farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting folks. Also starring Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, and Philip… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Excellent but upsetting, only for older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"So utterly manufactured for Oscar, it was nauseating."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Law interprets his laconic character so well that the lack of chemistry between Inman and Ada made me care very little if their romance was ever resurrected."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"A film of many excellences undermined by a flawed narrative."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy, satisfying."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There are minor merits. mostly handsome production values, to Mingehlla's screen version of the acclaimed novel."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite its pretentious, episodic structure and emotional restraint, Cold Mountain retains its tension through multi-layered character development."
‑ Susan Granger, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A kitschy, lugubrious and deeply unhistorical exercise in self-congratulation."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"Cold is right -- Anthony Minghella's pretty, star-studded adaptation of the bestselling Civil War romance never makes it above freezing."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Only Renee Zellweger maintains a Southern accent in this laughable attempt by director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") at filming Charles Frazier's love story set amidst the turmoil of the Civil War."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Cold Mountain is a major achievement, studded with star performances from its entire cast, offering those who are prepared to experience it..."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Kidman and Law share almost no screen time together, which harms the film. Still, there are moments that are sufficiently ablaze, and make "Cold Mountain" a worthwhile diversion."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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