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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's love with tragic complications, and director Luis Mandoki drags the torture out for two-plus hours. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An exceptionally good movie in its first hour and an exceptionally bad one in its second. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    At least this movie has flashes of humor, thought nearly all come courtesy of Newman. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E] show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's not a great film, but it succeeds in being both tender and cathartic. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The climactic events are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the rest of the story. To saddle Costner, Penn and Newman with such goofy melodrama is like hiring Fred Astaire and strapping a tractor on his back. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Strikes me as a pure, unadulterated crock. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story is so sentimental that even soap-opera buffs may feel it outwears its welcome. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    A movie that barely lives. show more

  • 38
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This hunk of celluloid flotsam will come back sooner rather than later, washed up on the remote shelves of your local video store. My advice: shred the message, recycle the bottle. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    The extremes of this production's assets and liabilities are embodied by Caleb Deschanel's cinematography and Gabriel Yared's score: One is as glorious and transcendental as the other is execrably sappy. show more

  • September 29, 2008 Sweetrose
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    A warm and tender tearjerker; Theresa Osbourne is a news journalist. It happens that she notices bottles by her house, that wash ashore from some stranger. Garret Blake(Costner) hides his sorrow,when Catherine his wife dies.Unknown to him,Osbourne publicizes his notes and Garret gets upset. Newman plays Dodge,Garret's father who sees how involved with Catherine his son has become. These feelings destroy Garret, and he doesn't know how to start anew.Osbourne travels to meet Garret,and the two somehow share a bond. The sad ending is tragic.Garret writes one final goodbye note to Catherine,and he dies in the water,trying to save a family. This is a truly memorable hanky film,and I love it!

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