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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Numbing and inert. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The cinematic equivalent of an elaborate and poetically constructed non sequitur. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    An improvement over "Jackpot," but not much. The best thing about it is Nolte, playing the grizzled priest as an angel in his own right. Everyone else- - save the young boy playing the orphan -- seems to be in on a joke we just don't get. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There has never been a movie quite like Northfork… The movie is visionary and elegiac, more a fable than a story, and frame by frame, it looks like a portfolio of spaces so wide, so open, that men must wonder if they have a role beneath such indifferent skies. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie elegantly mingles drama, comedy, and low-key spiritual resonance. It also has a splendid cast. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Strictly a love it-or-hate-it proposition, it requires viewers to work at a movie with a narrative that could support at least half a dozen interpretations. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a film that is mystifying and haunting -- a cool, brotherly vision of the last day and the coming flood, of American dreams and the vanishing frontier. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    This is very much the bargain that Northfork offers an audience: Buy into the brothers' elegiac meditation on angels, Eden, and the death of American innocence or sit back and scoff at it as so much David Lynch lite. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Just when the movie seems set to soar, there's a drag factor -- it keeps getting weighed down, if not sunk, by an anchor of ponderousness. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    I predict Northfork will give you food for reflection or a case of the hives. I stopped scratching 20 minutes into the movie, settled into its lulling rhythm and floated away into the Polish brothers' flaky, austere dreamworld. show more

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