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What was once a brave frontier town has become a haven for enlightened oddballs in this unusual drama from director Michael Polish, written in collaboration with his twin brother, Mark Polish. Northfork is a small town in Montana which, in 1955, is soon to disappear in the name of progress; a massive hydroelectric dam is to be put in nearby, which will flood the entire village. A group of six men sent by the power company -- led by Walter O'Brien (James Woods) and his son Willis (Mark Polish) -- arrive in Northfork to evacuate the few remaining residents. If the men are successful,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For me, the Polish brothers marched down a road leading nowhere."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It's a tone poem of a movie, more visual than coherent. As such, what it's about is less important than the spell it casts."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"...a transcendent tone poem, an arrangement in dun and gray marred only slightly by the brothers' insistence on the occasional tin-ear joke"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's a recipe for magical realism, and the Polish brothers deliver with a stunning cinematic statement."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The Polish brothers may be too clever for their own good; this film feels self-indulgent, like an inside joke we could never get without reading a book about the film."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A compelling juxtaposition of the poignant and the bizarre, a movie that tosses moviemaking rules into the nearest Cuisinart."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"An insufferably artsy, pretentious work, the sort of picture that gives art films a bad name."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A moody and layered meditation on and evocation of literal and figurative states of purgatory."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This droll surrealistic fantasy is like a gentler David Lynch hallucination."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Northfork is visually stunning, thematically rich and, ultimately, about as exciting as watching an old car rust."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"For those on its peculiar wavelength, everything fits. For those who aren't, it's a painful piece of self-impressed drivel. Either way, you'll know you've been to the movies."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It is impossible to describe all the rich layers of Northfork, clearly an exhausting labor of love for the Polish brothers who wrote, produced, directed and star in the mystical movie."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"With the pacing of a death march and the theological heft of Angels in the Outfield, this feel-bad extravaganza is 2003's Exhibit A of why people avoid arthouse cinema."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Characters talk in solemn monotones, as if the entire drama were taking place in a funeral parlor."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"The art-house version of a summer blockbuster: All style and no substance."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
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