The Claim
The Claim (2000)

An epic love story set against the wintry backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the early days of California. Dillon, a pioneer, defies the harsh surroundings in search of gold. Having struck it rich, he establishes a thriving mining… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it sometimes feels cold and detached, The Claim is evocative, beautifully shot, and full of understated performances.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The audience is simply left with the task of fitting together the allegory's easy pieces.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

Takes place against a frigid canvas gorgeously captured by Alwin Kuchler.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

like a collegiate literature class in Thomas Hardy

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Paul Tatara

Easily the most compelling Western to hit our screens since Unforgiven.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

A rich emotional experience, ranging in degree from fire to ice.

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Mature viewers only; kids won't be interested.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

A mournful, poetic, epic movie that lodges in the memory.

David Edelstein

True to its source, finding the seed of all great epics in the divisions of the heart.

Michael Dequina

The emotions of the piece are as palpable as the neverending snowfall.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
What's more fun that a wagon of nitro blowing up a horse? If you like gold, snow and'll love the claim.
Aaron Neuwirth
Dillon: I don't drink anymore. I want you to know that. Between this movie and another overlooked film, Ravenous, I seem to enjoy movies set in the Sierra… More