100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
After "Monster," here is another extraordinary role from an actress [Theron] who has the beauty of a fashion model but has found resources within herself for these powerful roles about unglamorous women in the world of men.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It infuriated me. It broke my heart. It convinced me that Caro, who's from New Zealand, is a strong, clear-voiced filmmaker
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
What gives North Country urgency is that it's about how a man comes to understand that it's bad for him and for his community to deny his daughter privileges and prerogatives he'd grant his son.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
North Country may be a simplistic account of a hard-won battle, but it will have audiences cheering.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Richard Jenkins gives the standout supporting performance, worthy of Oscar consideration, as Josey's father, a miner unable to conceal his anger at his daughter for having a child out of wedlock and, now, creating dissension at his workplace.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The milieu here is unforgiving, which makes fighting for basic rights important. You get a sense of why Bob Dylan -- who performs on this soundtrack -- wanted to bolt this frigid part of the map.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Might have been richer, tougher, more honestly liberal if it had revealed a few more shades of gray among the men.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The issue of sexual politics so dominates the story that it's a relief when an emotional showdown involves family rather than workplace issues. Not so surprisingly, these are the movie's best scenes.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Any similarities between Josey and Lois Jenson, the real woman who made Eveleth Mines pay for their sins in a landmark 1988 class-action suit, are purely coincidental. Instead, we get a TV-movie fantasy of female empowerment glazed with soap-opera theatrics.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A long, slow slog through what could have been, and should have been, a more absorbing story.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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