The Shipping News
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A man makes a journey to self-discovery when he returns to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland. After the death of his estranged wife, Quoyle's fortunes begin to change when his long lost Aunt Agnis convinces him to head north with his daughters. He relocates to the small coastal village of Killick-Claw. Now, in a place where life is as rough as the weather and secrets are as vast as the ocean, Quoyle lands a job as a reporter for the local newspaper. He reports on the shipping news as he simultaneously attempts to adjust to his new life and surroundings. In the course of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I am baffled by all the negativity surrounding it, and I am prepared to designate it as the most underrated film of 2001."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"I like good newspaper movies. Most of them get it completely wrong. In this case, it's exactly right."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"You can envision the attractively packaged DVD or Blu-ray sell-through collection now: 'Lasse Hallstrom's Baldly Oscar-Baiting Literary Adaptations. Buy it today!'"
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"...a problematic film redeemed by its steel gray palette and the actorly instincts of its chief players"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Mr. Spacey and his estimable supporting cast bring skill and commitment to their roles; they respect their characters and demand as much from the audience."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The movie has a modest but true feeling for the ways in which people are formed by the ravages of their natural surroundings."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Some novels need to be left alone. Hear that, Hollywood?"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Not really meant for kids and teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore astound in touching, well-told tale of rebirth and redemption."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The ensemble work by the cast helps detract from the narrative's basic aimlessness."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Spacey brilliantly shows Quoyle's transformation from a passive clod to a curious journalist."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Where The Cider House Rules was one of the most exquisite examples of classical Hollywood filmmaking in years, Chocolat was no more than a trite, pleasant trifle. The Shipping News, well made as it is, isn't even up to that standard."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"What has happened to Lasse Hallstrom: This poor adaptation of an interesting novel is not only bland but also poorly acted and shapeless"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hallström ... has done a spectacular job with this odd story, and has created a memorable, if not perfect film."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The book is better----Long awaited screen adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's "Shipping News" fails to transport the goods"
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
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