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
Kevin Spacey's pinched portrayal of Quoyle as a scared palooka rarely transcends its own artifice.
Despite its haunting artistry and its winning eccentricities, The Shipping News is a vehicle that's still very much at sea. show more