Ulee's Gold
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Peter Fonda received a richly deserved Oscar nomination for his superb performance as Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson, a Florida beekeeper forced to put his splintered family back together. Ulee is a Vietnam veteran whose wife died several years ago, a blow he's still learning to live with. His son Jimmy (Tom Wood) is in prison, and his daughter-in-law Helen (Christine Dunford) ran away, leaving Ulee to raise their two daughters by himself. Ulee is a quiet man who has a hard time displaying warmth and does not always deal well with the rebellious children put in his care. But he possesses… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This low-key drama is played slow and sage."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This is no bakery-grade honey."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Deceptively old-fashioned, this is an emotionally quiet but rewarding portrait of a taciturn beekeeper (marvelously played by Peter Fonda, who resembles his dad) forced to emerged out of his solitary, sheltered life and face his family responsibilities"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A profusion of perfect performances"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Works well as a realistic look at a family in need of a second chance on life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of those unexpected pleasures that combines a low budget with a high emotional impact."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"There is a quality about this film's use of deliberation that comes at times wonderfully close to magic."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Peter Fonda's portrayal of Florida beekeeper Ulee Jackson is a masterpiece of restraint, confident and finely etched, understated yet always in control."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Fonda shines in an Oscar nominated performance."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Nunez manages to pull it together with such grace that you forgive his handful of out-of-focus shots."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"A modest delight."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Peter Fonda here reveals a depth of talent we did not suspect."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A craftwork of exceptional detail and nuance."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The acting styles are well-matched with Nunez's slow, deliberate direction."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Fonda's work and Victor Nuņez's direction shine in this carefully crafted film."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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