Julian Roman - MovieWeb
North Country packs a solid familiar punch.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A wobbly fiction about a real pioneering sex-discrimination case, North Country is an unabashed vehicle for its modestly de-glammed star, Charlize Theron.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
At its best, North Country conveys what it's like to be a small-town social pariah and to fear for yourself in the workplace.
Mike Clark - USA Today
North Country does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is brought to the breaking point.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
It infuriated me. It broke my heart. It convinced me that Caro, who's from New Zealand, is a strong, clear-voiced filmmaker, who can bend courtroom cliches to her will.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Given the battle's enormous toll on the women's physical and psychological health, it's a perplexing irony that the movie 'inspired by' the case suffers such a bizarre failure of nerve.
Jessica Winter - Village Voice
North Country may be a simplistic account of a hard-won battle, but it will have audiences cheering.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
There's nothing cool or dispassionate anywhere in this film. It radiates waves of heat.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Even when the film borders on melodrama in its final courtroom confrontations, Ms. Caro navigates the camera with skill.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
North Country is a relentlessly discomforting movie. Nowhere does it let you settle into the lush cushions of a typical Hollywood entertainment
Michael Booth - Denver Post
You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a strong ensemble.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
North Country is one of those movies that stir you up and make you mad, because it dramatizes practices you've heard about but never really visualized.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
While the film showcases moments of enormous power, there is something missing; perhaps it's subtlety, or perhaps it's the emotional connection the movie so desperately wants to make, but in the end, can't quite achieve.
Jessica Reaves - Chicago Tribune
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Caro knows how to push viewers' buttons, and she does so every chance she gets. The weather in the movie might be chilly, but she makes sure our blood is boiling.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
In overdoing the theatrics and hammering the cliches North Country does artistic injustice to its own important argument.
Tom Long - Detroit News
North Country is a "message movie" with a target so big that it's impossible to miss, which is part of the trouble.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
It's a memorable and touching portrayal of a certain kind of woman who is vital and determined instead of neurotic and victimized.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
An emotionally potent story told with great dignity.
David Rooney - Variety
In the end, the no-nonsense direction by Caro (the New Zealander who directed Whale Rider), the terrific actors and the pitiless visuals by the great Menges more than carry the day.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Niki Caro, director of Whale Rider, has made a classic underdog-vs.-the-system story, rendered in the harsh blue-grays of a Minnesota winter.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If there was ever any thought that perhaps Whale Rider was a fluke, North Country should erase all doubt.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
For all North Country's blockbuster elements, the film remains a curiously uninvolving affair.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
People in the film biz have been calling this one Erin Brockovich Goes to Fargo all along, but that isn't quite fair. It's Norma Rae Goes to Fargo.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
North Country is powerful and then some.
David Edelstein - Slate
North Country does what it sets out to do: inspire and uplift.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Occasionally inspired but much more often didactic.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Though the dirt and grime in North Country are artfully applied, it's purely cosmetic and skin-deep.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Studio filmmaking can make an event as fantastical as an alien invasion look like reality, and it can make something that actually took place feel as fake as crocodile tears. Which is what happens with North Country.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
issue movie that blatantly examines power and sexual harassment in the workplace
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
So "inspirational" it should mate with Cinderella Man and give birth to a litter of baby Oscars
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The road to cinematic hell is paved with this sort of banal effort borne of bland good expectations.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Would have you believe it's no more complex than a playground quarrel between boys, girls, and cooties.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
While the performances are flawless, Michael Seitzman's screenplay is embarrassingly sophomoric, so much so that the film's denouement completely obliterates its feminist message.
Maria Garcia - Film Journal International
Works as both deep focus on a critical historical moment, and a more intimate and sorrowful tale about growing up female in America.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
Though tough and heavy-handed at times, North Country is engaging -- not one of those films about an important subject matter that you feel you should watch.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
...there's little doubt that the movie would not come off even remotely as well as it ultimately does were it not for the effectiveness of the cast.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Dean Essner - Time Out
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Os realizadores de Terra Fria se revelam bem mais repugnantes e perigosos do que os mineiros retratados em seu filme supostamente liberal.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The narrative may not be exact in its details..., but it is undoubtedly true to the spirit of the real events.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Enjoyable drama that's impressively shot and features a strong cast but is ultimately hampered by a fatal weakness for courtroom cliches.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Dean Essner - BBC
The similarities to Erin Brockovich are obvious, yet North Country plays like a glossy soap opera, despite strong performances from a superb cast.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Dean Essner - Premiere Magazine
With North Country, Theron and Caro strongly suggest that Monster and Whale Rider weren't one-offs.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Elegantly filmed and intelligently written.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Despite Charlize Theron's efforts to play more than a saintly martyr, the film's director Niki Caro continually overstates the case.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
So melodramatically one-sided and shamelessly in search of Oscar nominations that it accomplishes the colossal rarity of insulting both genders equally.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Victorian melodrama in feminist workduds.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
The one-sided, formulaic storyline and laughable courtroom histrionics are eclipsed by peripheral material involving Theron's brooding teenage son and penitent father.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
North Country centers on Theron's work, and she is truly wonderful start to finish.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
Theron anchors the film with a complex performance that balances Josey's strength and vulnerability, and successfully portrays her as a reluctant working-class hero.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
[Theron] is the wounded heart of the film and helps carry some of the less successful material of the film on her shoulders.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Even if you side with Caro's humane message, you'd be within your rights to object to her methods...You can almost hear Helen Reddy singing "I am Woman" in the background.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Sometimes a story is so timeless that it deserves to be told again. Such a story is "North Country," a fictionalized account of events in the 1980s at a mine in the Midwest.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Instead of articulating injustice or honestly portraying the legal system, North Country seems content with exploiting humiliation for effect.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
For all its issue-related fist pumping, the movie is suffused with the tender and heartwarming story of a man coming to terms with the love for his only daughter.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
North Country wins its case with powerful moments and exceptional performances.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Could become the classic text for a filmmaking class called 'Crafting the Message Picture 101.'
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Hits like an emotional sledgehammer.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It weakens the film's case to have the villains portrayed so one-dimensionally....
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The performances enhance (Niki) Caro's David-versus-Goliath material.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
...my feminist soul is taking a beating since - damn it - it didn't work as a movie.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Caro sneakily joins the ranks of Academy-prestige with a politically-grounded horror film.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
'North Country' could be used in a sensitivity training course.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
while its message is undeniably important, it's also so obvious that the film doesn't have any real resonance.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
In spite of Theron's excellent, impassioned performance, "North Country" nevertheless tends to go south.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Contrived fantasy. Only in Hollywood could Harrelson get Theron's nemesis to recant his inadmissably irrelevant tale on the stand with such meager questioning.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
...feels simplistically manufactured and manipulative...Caro is never able to elevate North Country beyond the pedestrian confines of a melancholy Lifetime TV movie
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
North Country works as a portrayal of social injustice, yet it also works as a compelling character portrait. One of the best and most powerful pictures of the year.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The film, revisiting social injustice, is not unpredictable. But, it is a worthy effort in its updated revival of "Norma Rae."
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
(Charlize) Theron's Josey doesn't quite have the dramatic starch of Aileen, the man-hating hooker of Monster. It has more nuance, though.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
North Country has a ton of powerful moments, so it is an odd choice that it falls back on the 'based in fact' element.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Theron's acting goes beyond cosmetics as she once again gets into the head of the unchaste heroine she portrays and gives a winning performance.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A realistic, emotionally resonant film made for grown-up audiences in a time when most theatrical releases are aimed at the teen demographic.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
As much as the movie means well, it doesn't trust viewers to keep up.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
...before anybody goes off on Theron uglifying herself again to win an Oscar, it should be pointed out that the rural trash look is not necessary unattractive to many of us.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
North Country is more than an award trolling piece - it's a heartfelt gem steered by Threon and McDormand that takes sevral true tales to create a helluav drama!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Some of the dramatics are almost overkill, but it will stir you up and you can't deny the powerful performances of Charlize Theron and Richard Jenkins.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sexual harassment is generally a complex topic (see David Mamet's 'Oleanna'), yet 'North Country' presents much of its material in cut-and-dried, black-and-white simplicity.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
North Country can't help but be compared to such other women-against-the-system movies as Norma Rae, Silkwood, and Erin Brockovich, though it easily holds its own with all three.
Gary Goldstein - Reel.com
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Leave it to Theron and her impassioned, earthy performance to single-handedly carry the film from the realm of Lifetime network social propaganda to earnest drama.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Director Niki Caro Whale Rider and screenwriter Michael Seitzman have crafted an old-fashioned story about sexual harassment that delivers the obvious message....without a shred of nuance or subtlety.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Properly spare and earnest, which prevents it from becoming obnoxious Oscar bait.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Feature films about sexual harassment are hardly a dime a dozen, so Niki Caro's North Country-gawky though it may be at times-comes as welcome.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Skillful filmmaking standing on a soapbox and pandering to the broadest audience possible.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
If you can take North Country as a movie, not a news report, you'll find a moving work that explores sexual harassment with unusual candor.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Director Niki Caro was a critical darling for her first feature, Whale Rider, and her Hollywood debut confirms a legitimate talent.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
North Country delivers an emotional wallop and a couple of performances worthy of recognition come award time.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
Theron's truly raw and impassioned performance as Josey - - can't save the film from its own gradually slowing pace and seriously compromised third act.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A strong film with much to recommend it, even if we've seen the same movie before
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Holding it all together is director Caro, who seems to have a knack for immersing herself in different cultures and finding the pressure points that release a story's power.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Dave White - Movies.com
An earnest yet powerful cautionary tale of scarred and strip-mined lives, and how they are restored.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A solid film that's worth seeing in the theater, but the Oscar buzz is questionable.
John Venable - Supercala.com
North Country, a potent (if didactic) drama, loosely based on a landmark court case involving workplace sexual harassment.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
North Country is in the tradition of workers-rights films like Norma Rae and Silkwood in that it sends its message through a convincing character whose temerity and courage are accompanied by less heroic baggage.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
... Full of dynamic performances.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
North Country is crisp, efficient, often familiar in form, but exceptional in some ways. It's effective, for instance, in exploring how different women behave differently in the face of abuse.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
She's [Caro] got a good story to tell (based, loosely, on a real-life case), and a marvelous cast to help her tell it.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
It's an interesting story, no question, but it's good where it could have been great.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Rewarding and sensitively rendered, the studio-produced North Country might revive a worthy subgenre last visited, in tarted-up fashion, by Erin Brockovich.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Watchable and engrossing, even when it does exactly what you expect it to do.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Despite its serious subject matter, North Country is a crowd-pleaser at heart.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
North veers south with movie cliches during the courtroom climax, but otherwise it mines terrific dramatic territory in its quieter relationship scenes.
Dean Essner - E! Online
If you want to see good performances and cinematography wasted in a mediocre movie, that would be North Country.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
It's disappointing to see a movie start off as subtly and restrained as North Country only to get progressively more heavy-handed in its second hour.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) - - can make an intelligent, involving movie about sexism in the workplace without it feeling merely like a screeching, heavy-handed polemic.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Studded with wasted performances, what should have been an important addition to popular films about women's rights winds up being the most insulting courtroom drama since Ally McBeal was put out of its misery.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
North Country shows us that it's never easy, but that one person really can make a difference.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
North Country is without question a riveting and powerful film.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
In retrospect, the movie seems weaker than it did in the theater.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Minimizes the scope of [the real plaintiff's] legal battles by placing them in a neatly tied package that resolves the way most courtroom dramas do.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Caro is both subtle and a deck-stacker.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
There are stretches where it builds nicely, but eventually it comes as close as any movie ever has to simply exploding right there on the screen.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Often plays like a widescreen made-for-television movie, albeit a good one.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
How do you handle a movie that's suppose to be realistic, but resorts to such hoary and oft-parodied devices as the Slow Clap and the "I'm Spartacus" Group Solidarity Stand?
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
North Country is the most riled-up movie of the year.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This is nuance-free moviemaking, a drama about mine-workers with barely a glimpse of what the work entails.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Director Niki Caro, whose Whale Rider demonstrated a gift for capturing the essence of a unique place, does it again with North Country.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
...succumbs to a number of Oscar Moments -- you know, the sort of grandstanding scenes that ... play beautifully as clips at an awards show.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Charlize Theron gives an intelligent and honest performance as a woman miner in the emotionally powerful North Country.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Depicted with minimal cliche-rattling, Niki Caro's North Country is one-sided enough to make Clarence Thomas stand up and shout - 'Now THAT is some sexual harassment.'
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Overall North Country is too self-consciously scaled as an anthem for the human spirit. We can spot where this movie is headed right from the beginning.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
North Country has a sensational story, it's just a crime the filmmakers elected to write the script with crayons.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
While Caro has a graceful touch and North Country never really missteps, neither does it try anything new or entertaining.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dean Essner - AV Club
North Country is one of those movies that has Oscar-bait written all over it, and it's worthy of the praise.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A good-for-you movie that's going through the motions.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Niki Caro is one of the brightest and best directors working.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Calls on men to stand up with women against attitudes they've allowed for too long . . . a well-crafted, often powerful film that usually refuses to follow Hollywood's script.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Theron has once again deglamorized herself for a meaty dramatic role, and she gives a persuasive performance that surely will not be overlooked during the coming award season.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Director Niki Caro deftly intercuts Josey's story with the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, a smart, subtle move to tie in the things all women have had to go through.
Susan Michals - FilmStew.com
Presents to you a beautifully-painted, one-dimensional pinata it knocks around for a couple of high-falutin' hours until you're showered in a welter of righteous candy.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
paints some of the most shocking and loathsome landscapes of sexual harassment conceivable
David Levine - Filmcritic.com
Instead of sticking to the undeniably moving facts, this movie veers off into distracting and soapy subplots.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
North Country is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. It has a MESSAGE! And that message is simply this: men are pigs.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
I'm even willing to forgive this rousing drama its coy, flirty ending, if only because its heroine has the grace not to drive her pickup truck off a cliff.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
There's no polite way to say it: North Country goes bonkers -- inadvertently trivializing its own admirable agenda.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Despite its good intentions and some very strong acting, 'North Country' proves a frustratingly unsatisfying destination.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Makes Norma Rae's travails look like a walk in the park.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Too long, and too heavy-handed.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Despite its flaws, 'North Country' delivers a story worth hearing, a documentation of profound unfairness and the need to challenge abusive behaviors.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
Single-mindedly and calculatedly devoted to conveying a relentless feeling of sexual terror, Caro's crusade of righteous indignation misrepresents the hostility of the world.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A really good soap opera. ... The ending is both predicable and satisfying. Expect many audiences to cheer.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Proving her remarkable versatility, it's no light compliment to say Theron's performance surpasses her Oscar-winning "Monster."
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
There is not a scene where the words "submitted for your consideration" don't seem to be scrolling across the action in a bid to soften up Academy voters
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
an issue movie that blatantly examines power and sexual harassment in the workplace.
John A. Nesbit - ToxicUniverse.com
Even with some quibbles, North Country is a relevant and important account of a landmark class action suit that changed the face of the country's workforce.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
A compelling drama set in a 1989 Minnesota mining community where the misogyny and chauvinism in the workplace will make your blood boil.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Charlize Theron gives an excellently modulated performance as Josey Aimes.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Intriguing (true) story of a female iron miner who sues the company for ignoring sexual harassment.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
An unusually taut film about misogyny that, for the most part, escapes the cliches that often bog down the battle of the sexes.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Essentially a shrewdly crafted soap opera.
Kevin Courrier - Boxoffice Magazine
Too bad Theron won an Oscar for a weak film like Monster, in which she was splashy, as her part in North Country is far more impressive and deserving of Oscar
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
If the whole of North Country had maintained the tensions and angst that were so well built up in part one, it could have been a pretty remarkable work.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
makes a convincing case for sexual harassment laws and the power of a united front, but its structure front-loads the evidence in flashforwards, weakening its climax
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The film is at its best when putting viewers in the position of feeling the smart of the abuse as the women do -- moreover, its persistent and accumulative effect.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle