The Postman Synopsis
Mediterranean fisherman's son bonds with exiled poet.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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40

Film Threat

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The Postman isn't as atrocious as the inane trailers and media hype have indicated, but like "Waterworld" a lot of the prerelease scrutiny...
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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...
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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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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Romance, gorgeous words, and the beauty of Italy.
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