Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie looks like far more than a million dollars and it offers the kind of smart, picaresque good time you get from books like "The Reivers" and "Huckleberry Finn" and movies like "Bronco Billy" and "Bonnie and Clyde."
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Solidly old-fashioned entertainment.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A heartfelt effort, if at times a bit heavy-handed.
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By Justin Chang
A frequently mesmerizing if exceedingly strange coming-of-age odyssey.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The mix of rollicking, family-friendly action and backwoods mysticism is odd, as is the story's progress from larky escapades to increasingly grim consequences, and Craven never quite manages to make it all seem a smoothly integrated piece.
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Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Jay Craven's stilted adaptation of a novel by Howard Frank Mosher lacks the urgency, the poetry, or the feeling for period that might have brought the material to life, while the cast seems to be largely squandered.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The movie, though lovingly handmade by Mr. Craven, has a frustratingly disjunctive rhythm.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
It is a pretentious and incoherent blend of ghost story and frontier adventure that becomes more preposterous and idiotic with each passing scene.
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57 out of 100
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