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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 10
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The language is leaden, the pace glacial and the characters indecipherable. It's easier to read the actors -- they all seem eager to win an Oscar. Fat chance. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Watching the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by E. Annie Proulx on the big screen is like being on an ocean liner stuck on a glacier. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Kevin Spacey's pinched portrayal of Quoyle as a scared palooka rarely transcends its own artifice. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Despite its haunting artistry and its winning eccentricities, The Shipping News is a vehicle that's still very much at sea. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The choice made by Kevin Spacey in taking on the role of Quoyle in the film adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Shipping News nearly sinks it. But not quite. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Beside its major virtues, it contains a vice: that one flat lead performance. Who would have thought Kevin Spacey would ever go dull on us? show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The Shipping News is good news, but not as good as it could have been. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    But, lord, the characters are tireless in their peculiarities; it's as if the movie took the most colorful folks in Lake Wobegon, dehydrated them, concentrated the granules, shipped them to Newfoundland, reconstituted them with Molson's and issued them Canadian passports. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Spacey is endearing, bringing his shy character to life despite glaring psychological gaps in the screenplay. show more

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