The Shipping News
The Shipping News (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though solidly made and acted, The Shipping News is rather heavy-handed and dull, especially given the nature of its protagonist.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I am baffled by all the negativity surrounding it, and I am prepared to designate it as the most underrated film of 2001.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I like good newspaper movies. Most of them get it completely wrong. In this case, it's exactly right.

Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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!'

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie has a modest but true feeling for the ways in which people are formed by the ravages of their natural surroundings.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Some novels need to be left alone. Hear that, Hollywood?

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not really meant for kids and teens.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Spacey brilliantly shows Quoyle's transformation from a passive clod to a curious journalist.

Charles Taylor

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.

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Emanuel Levy

What has happened to Lasse Hallstrom: This poor adaptation of an interesting novel is not only bland but also poorly acted and shapeless

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
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A congenital looser named Quoyle, after having dealt with multiple blows in life, moves with his daughter to his ancestral homeland, Newfoundland, at the… More
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Not a Corvette this film but rather a stationwagon with room for many (and their assorted baggage) and not a film for everyone, this story of a family returning… More
Leigh Ryan
HEADLINE: A movie to stir the soul.
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An interesting family movie - with all sorts of A list stars. Kevin Spacey plays Quoyle, who starts his live over after he goes back to his ancestral home in… More
Wahida K
At first I thought it is going to be a boring Movie, but I still rented it. I was surprised how Beautiful this Movie is. Kevin Spacey was Brilliant in his… More