Message in a Bottle Synopsis
A woman tracks the author of a romantic note.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
On paper, the movie sounds unbearably schlocky, but Costner plays Garret the reluctant backcountry prince as mythic but also foxy and life...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's not a great film, but it succeeds in being both tender and cathartic.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
At least this movie has flashes of humor, thought nearly all come courtesy of Newman. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Strikes me as a pure, unadulterated crock. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story is so sentimental that even soap-opera buffs may feel it outwears its welcome.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

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A movie that barely lives.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The climactic events are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the rest of the story. To saddle Costner, Penn and Newman with...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's love with tragic complications, and director Luis Mandoki drags the torture out for two-plus hours.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An exceptionally good movie in its first hour and an exceptionally bad one in its second.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This hunk of celluloid flotsam will come back sooner rather than later, washed up on the remote shelves of your local video store. My...
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Rated PG-13