60

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
Although The Postman conveys a thoroughly imagined vision of a future society, its basic concerns are actually far from those of traditional sci-fi, as it quickly comes to feel more like a Western than anything else.
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50

Chicago Reader

By Lisa Alspector
It's tempting to accuse director and star Kevin Costner of taking the idea of vanity production to a new level in this frontier adventure based on a book by David Brin.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
If you take The Postman at face value - that it's a straightforward, post- apocalyptic adventure tale, then it could seem like one of the worst movies of the year, if not of all time.
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40

Film Threat

The Postman isn't as atrocious as the inane trailers and media hype have indicated, but like "Waterworld" a lot of the prerelease scrutiny is well warranted.
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40

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Costner's ponderous post-apocalyptic morality tale feels every minute of its nearly three hours.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Regrettably, The Postman is just one more reminder of what a nonfactor sincerity often is in terms of artistic merit.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There are those who will no doubt call The Postman the worst film of the year, but it's too good-hearted for that.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story takes place in 2013, but you'd hardly know it from the age-old clichés Kevin Costner purloins to tell this overblown action yarn, which relies so heavily on ideas borrowed from John Ford westerns that the Hollywood giant should have been credited as codirector; too bad Costner can't invest them with Ford's kind of life and originality, though.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
The dragging pace is one of several agonizing defects in this bloated sci-fi action drama.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
What willful streak of perversity inspired Kevin Costner to take on this wacky tale of a letter carrier-turned-postapocalyptic hero?
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29 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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