(2005)

Critic Reviews

68

Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Dallas Observer
Happily, North Country is not all social-realist grit or straight sermonizing. Not only is Theron achingly real, the fine supporting performances here lend even more dramatic reach and human scale.
80
Variety
An emotionally potent story told with great dignity.
80
Chicago Reader
Charlize Theron, in nonglam mode, dominates this powerful drama about sexual harassment at a Minnesota iron ore mine in the early 90s.
80
The A.V. Club
The story of America's first successful class-action sexual-harassment lawsuit may sound dull, but Caro ratchets up the intensity until every flung epithet and threat stings. The approach is sometimes shrill, but it's effective.
75
ReelViews
Stirring and emotionally forceful.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Might have been richer, tougher, more honestly liberal if it had revealed a few more shades of gray among the men.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The issue of sexual politics so dominates the story that it's a relief when an emotional showdown involves family rather than workplace issues. Not so surprisingly, these are the movie's best scenes.
63
Chicago Tribune
A potentially great movie--with talent and plot points to spare--that settles for being just okay.
60
Village Voice
Having established Josey as the focus of the entire iron range's enmity, the filmmakers panic, and North Country spectacularly self-destructs in a climactic courtroom free-for-all.
50
Rolling Stone
Any similarities between Josey and Lois Jenson, the real woman who made Eveleth Mines pay for their sins in a landmark 1988 class-action suit, are purely coincidental. Instead, we get a TV-movie fantasy of female empowerment glazed with soap-opera theatrics.

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