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The story centers on a newspaperman, his survival of an awful marriage to a crazy women, and his attempt to save his family and himself. After the death of his estranged wife, the man moves his daughters to his ancestral home in a Newfoundland harbor town, where he not only begins to find an identity for himself, but uncovers love, some dark family secrets and friendship in the eclectic community.
Drama - A slow, thinking persons type of drama that will mainly be of
interest to those who like movies with deep stories about life. If
you're for a fun night at the movies, this probably shouldn't be
your first choice.
PROFANITY: 3 F-words, 2 GD's, 2 S-words. Just a few milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: Somewhat graphic sex scene. Minimal nudity. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drunkenness in one scene. ACTION: None COMEDY: None
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James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Above Average "..however good the book may be, the movie conversion
cannot be considered better than mediocre. There are problems with pacing and
tone, but the biggest flaw is the script. Robert Nelson Jacobs' adaptation is
far from seamless - even a casual viewer will recognize that there's more going
on with these characters than what we see on screen. It's as if significant
chunks of their lives are being hidden from us, resulting in a frustrating
desire to see more than what the movie gives us.''
Review Average "The movie makes good use of the magnificent locations and
abundant use of water; even the movie itself seems damp a lot of the time. I
liked the feeling of community in the town, the palpable sense of place. But,
lord, the characters are tireless in their peculiarities; it's as if the movie
took the most colorful folks in Lake Wobegon, dehydrated them, concentrated the
granules, shipped them to Newfoundland, reconstituted them with Molson's and
issued them Canadian passports.''
Review Average "The Shipping News moves at a glacial pace, much like
the icy land it's set in. And even a top-notch cast can't warm up the
atmosphere. The remote Canadian island seems more alive than any
character, with its severe, desolate beauty effectively captured by
cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (who last teamed up with Hallstrom on TheCider House Rules)''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "Though generally well acted, this film has all the
unfortunate earmarks of a "quality" adaptation of an acclaimed novel.
It's crammed with characters who never quite amount to more than the sum of
their eccentricities, embellished with exotic detail, flashbacks and harshly
beautiful vistas, the eye-candy equivalents of literary language. But everything
has a fusty, embalmed quality: Whatever gave the novel its vitality has been
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When Quoyle, a hapless, lonely upstate New Yorker, loses his estranged wife (Gate
Blanchett) in a car accident, his life changes forever. Stricken with grief and longing, he retreats with his aunt (Judi
Dench) and young daughter (Alyssa, Kaitlyn and Lauren Gainer) to Newfoundland, the mysterious home of his ancestors.
In the small fishing outport of Killick-Claw, Quoyle secures a job as a reporter at the local newspaper, The Gammy Bird. With each article he writes, Quoyle's sense of this quirky community sharpens, along with his sense of himself. Gradually, a romance develops with Wavey (Julianne Moore), a woman who lives with her own personal demons. As his new life unfolds in Newfoundland — a place of magic, uncompromising beauty and hardship— his past melds with his present and Quoyle is transformed.