Message in a Bottle
Message in a Bottle (1999)

Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Message In A Bottle stars Robin Wright Penn as Theresa Osborne, a writer for the Chicago Tribune. While her son visits her cheating ex-husband, Theresa goes on a vacation by herself. One day, while… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 12, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Costner has a free pass to be as lazy as he can possibly be, and the result is one of the most smugly alienating romantic lead performances that I can quickly call to mind.

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Victor Olliver

If only Costner could be cast out to sea like a bottle.

Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Just a Degree or Two Shy of True North

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

If it had just quit while it was ahead....

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Paul Newman as a cantankerous old man steals this movie with his character's endearing forthrightness.

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Harry Haun
Film Journal International

Have romantic dramas sunk so low that somebody would actually buy this bilge of goods?

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John Venable

Leaves one feeling empty.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Tolerate the silly and swoony story and allow yourself to drift away in the gorgeous Caleb Deschanel photography.

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Widgett Walls

Laying it on a bit thick, am I? Don't worry, so does this film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
You know that movie where a famous doctor/cannibal/serial killer cuts open a victim's skull, cuts away some brain matter w/out killing the guy, fries it up… More
Red Lats
This movie is too much of a chick flick - and usually I don't mind them.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, Paul Newman, Robbie Coltrane, John Savage, Illeana Douglas Director: Luis Mandoki Summary: Newspaper researcher… More
Manu Gino
It was okay, failrly decent romantic movie. If, as they say, you're in a certain mood, Message in a Bottle can be just the ticket. Based on Nicholas… More
Cassie Hill
I really enjoyed this but in my opinion I liked the book a lot better then the movie.
Leigh Ryan
Beautiful film.