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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 70
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Draws an electric performance from Peter Mullan. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    It overcomes some patchiness to turn into a rich emotional experience, ranging in degree from fire to ice. show more

  • 50
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    The actors seem as frozen as the landscape in this unsuccessful attempt at a grand and profound Western about the California Gold Rush. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Comes to the screen missing subtle cues and crucial connections. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Winterbottom also has the insight to share the novelist's suggestion that landscape can reflect and, to a degree, even shape character. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Its sprawling canvas is mere backdrop for the most intimate of character studies -- a portrait of a man who chose material wealth and found emotional ruin. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Parsimonious with its plot, which is revealed on a need-to-know basis. At first, we're not even sure who is who; dialogue is half-heard, references are unclear, the townspeople know things we discover only gradually. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Stark, haunting, epic, and mournful, The Claim is a mountain of a film. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    I liked The Claim -- as much for its stark visual beauty and impassioned performances as its intelligent script and willingness to probe the tragic side of life. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Seems more clever than heartfelt, and whether you enjoy it may depend on how much you like Robert Altman's eccentric western "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," which it uncannily resembles. show more

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