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Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey.
75
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?
63
Boston Globe
The Shipping News is good news, but not as good as it could have been.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Despite its haunting artistry and its winning eccentricities, The Shipping News is a vehicle that's still very much at sea.
63
New York Daily News
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 The Shipping News nearly sinks it. But not quite.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
But, lord, the characters are tireless in their peculiarities; it's as if the movie took the most colorful folks in Lake Wobegon, dehydrated them, concentrated the granules, shipped them to Newfoundland, reconstituted them with Molson's and issued them Canadian passports.
50
USA Today
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.
50
Spacey is endearing, bringing his shy character to life despite glaring psychological gaps in the screenplay.
42
Entertainment Weekly
A limp and sodden downer.
40
Wall Street Journal
Kevin Spacey's pinched portrayal of Quoyle as a scared palooka rarely transcends its own artifice.
10
Rolling Stone
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 Oscar. Fat chance.

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