We gave it a C+
Director Lasse Hallstrom’s somber adaptation of Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer-winning novel boasts Oscar-winning actors and stark Newfoundland scenery, but it’s a literal-minded, CliffsNotes reduction of the best-seller. Spacey plays lovable loser Quoyle, who moves back to his ancestral home with feisty aunt Agnis (Judi Dench) and unearths dark secrets about his family. Quoyle also courts single mom Wavey (a radiant but underused Moore), who has secrets of her own. Though Spacey tries hard to act doltish, he doesn’t pull it off. And despite the myriad sordid revelations — not to mention a mighty surprising funeral — News often skates on dramatically thin ice.