The Shipping News Synopsis
A struggling writer (Kevin Spacey) returns to his Newfoundland hometown.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Beside its major virtues, it contains a vice: that one flat lead performance. Who would have thought Kevin Spacey would ever go dull on us?
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Despite its haunting artistry and its winning eccentricities, The Shipping News is a vehicle that's still very much at sea.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The Shipping News is good news, but not as good as it could have been.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The choice made by Kevin Spacey in taking on the role of Quoyle in the film adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
But, lord, the characters are tireless in their peculiarities; it's as if the movie took the most colorful folks in Lake Wobegon,...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Watching the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by E. Annie Proulx on the big screen is like being on an ocean liner stuck on a glacier.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A limp and sodden downer.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Kevin Spacey's pinched portrayal of Quoyle as a scared palooka rarely transcends its own artifice.
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10

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The language is leaden, the pace glacial and the characters indecipherable. It's easier to read the actors -- they all seem eager to win an...
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Rated R | For Sexuality, Disturbing Images and Some Language
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Not really meant for kids and teens.
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