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type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
111 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/25/01
Wide Release Date:
01/04/02
performer:
Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey, Jason Behr, Judi Dench, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Pete Postlethwaite
director:
Lasse Hallstrom
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Robert Nelson Jacobs
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

A limp and sodden downer adapted from E. Annie Proulx’s novel. It’s set mostly in the cold, gray-sweater climes of Newfoundland, where Quoyle (Kevin Spacey), the saddest of sad sacks, arrives with his young daughter, all so that he can redeem the sullen tragedy of his life by learning to be a vital human being instead of a glum, stammering lump of self-loathing. For most of the movie, though, he’s just a lump.

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