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Based on 41 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The specter of war haunts Cold Mountain, but you remember it for the heat of its romantic yearning and the mysteries that wrap themselves around you until you're lost in another world. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is what makes the distinctly unromantic Cold Mountain' such a breath of fresh air. Its battles are hideous bloodbaths. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Watching this movie, it seems to be the next level down from great -- maybe too episodic. But it burns in the memory weeks after you see it. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Looks splendid and commands respect, but leaves you wondering what essential something you missed. It's a worthy film at war with itself. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Cold Mountain is the equivalent of comfort food: old-fashioned, earthy (lots of root vegetables), satisfying. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Minghella has certainly mounted a gorgeous movie and the battle scenes are brutally spectacular. But overall, "Cold Mountain" is like a fine piece of hand-crafted leather, where the stitching shows its quality. That looks good on a handbag, not so good on the big screen. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A somber, often downbeat depiction of human savagery and treachery as well as of human kindness. Writer-director Anthony Minghella has meticulously crafted an intimate epic. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    An exquisitely crafted Civil War epic that combines the epic romantic sweep of "Gone With the Wind" with a more intimate voice that speaks eloquently to the war-weary nation of today. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Three quarters of Cold Mountain consist of some of the most masterful and absorbing filmmaking of the year. The final quarter is Hollywood business as usual. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

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