On Golden Pond
On Golden Pond (1981)

There's little that happens in On Golden Pond that isn't thoroughly predictable from the start, but the film is blessed with so much star power, charm and honest sentiment that everyone in the audience is willing to ignore the… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 4, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

There is a natural rhythm to the film that makes its own quiet, life-affirming statement.

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Time Out

Two of Hollywood's best-loved veterans deserved a far better swan song than this sticky confection.

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Dustin Putman

The truth of its characters and emotions carry the film from start to finish.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

When it sometimes seems the whole society has spiritually decamped for Tinseltown, the movie offers the hope that people can come home again-at least for a visit.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Watching the movie, I felt I was witnessing something rare and valuable.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Valuable lessons in loving one's family members.

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Variety Staff

Without question, these are major, meaty roles for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, and there could have been little doubt that the two would work superbly together.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

On Golden Pond is a mixed blessing, but it offers one performance of rare quality and three others that are very good. That's not half-bad.

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TV Guide

Fonda was 75 when this picture was made and must have known he didn't have much time. There could have been no finer final curtain for him than this.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
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Nauseous feel-good wannabe crap
KJ Proulx
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Cherry Darling
"Everyone looks back on their childhood with a certain amount of bitterness and regret? It doesn't have to ruin your life darling!"
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Cassie Hill
An Exellent feel-good movie!