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Entertainment Weekly
On paper, the movie sounds unbearably schlocky, but Costner plays Garret the reluctant backcountry prince as mythic but also foxy and life size.
It's not a great film, but it succeeds in being both tender and cathartic.
USA Today
At least this movie has flashes of humor, thought nearly all come courtesy of Newman. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]
Chicago Sun-Times
The climactic events are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the rest of the story. To saddle Costner, Penn and Newman with such goofy melodrama is like hiring Fred Astaire and strapping a tractor on his back.
It's love with tragic complications, and director Luis Mandoki drags the torture out for two-plus hours.
An exceptionally good movie in its first hour and an exceptionally bad one in its second.
Chicago Tribune
Strikes me as a pure, unadulterated crock. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
Christian Science Monitor
The story is so sentimental that even soap-opera buffs may feel it outwears its welcome.
A movie that barely lives.
The extremes of this production's assets and liabilities are embodied by Caleb Deschanel's cinematography and Gabriel Yared's score: One is as glorious and transcendental as the other is execrably sappy.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
This hunk of celluloid flotsam will come back sooner rather than later, washed up on the remote shelves of your local video store. My advice: shred the message, recycle the bottle.

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