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The story of Inman, a wounded confederate soldier who is on a perilous journey home to his mountain community, hoping to reunite with his pre-war sweetheart, Ada. In his absence, Ada struggles to survive, and revive her father's farm with the help of intrepid young drifter Ruby.
Drama - Although the advertising plays up the war angle, that only makes up
one scene of what is mostly a period drama with a strong romantic
theme. Sexual and violent content make the film inappropriate for
children, who would be bored, anyhow.
PROFANITY: 7 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: A sex scene with nudity. VIOLENCE: Graphic scenes of warfare, torture. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of alcohol drinking. ACTION: War scenes and other scenes of gunplay. COMEDY: Some wisecracks and bodily function humor.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The movie has its share of structural problems, and may be a little longer than seems necessary, but it rarely lost my attention. I would not place this in the top echelon of end-of-the-year motion pictures, but it's certainly a successful adaptation, features numerous memorable performances (mostly by the supporting players), and is worth a post-holiday expenditure of time and money.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...it evokes a backwater of the Civil War with rare beauty, and lights up with an assortment of colorful supporting characters. There is so much to enjoy about "Cold Mountain" that I can praise it for its parts, even though it lacks a whole. By the end of the film, you admire the artistry and the care, you know that the actors worked hard and are grateful for their labors, but you wonder who in God's name thought this was a promising scenario for a movie. It's not a story, it's an idea.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 185 moviegoer opinions. Males and females of all ages enjoyed Cold Mountain. Most enjoyed it very much, rating it "Very Good," or higher. However, there were a fair number who only rated it "Good," which indicates an OK but not great movie. Fortunately, only a few rated it as low as "Poor," so I have no problem highly recommending Cold Mountain to everyone AS LONG AS YOU FIRST READ THE DETAILED CONTENT! I believe many of the lower opinions are due to the sexual content.
Fearing for the safety of his beloved Ada, the wounded Confederate soldier
Inman makes his way across the war-ravaged South, back to her farm on Cold
Mountain. He faces trials and tribulations as he encounters slaves and bounty
hunters, soldiers and witches, unexpected friends and dangerous enemies at every
turn. Ada's road is no easier as she relies on wits and newfound bravery to
protect her father's farm from attack, with the help of an intrepid drifter
As they come ever closer, Inman and Ada weave a story about the longing for home
after being in the wilderness, the longing for peace after being at war, and the
longing for love and union in the midst of chaos.