(2005)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
After "Monster," here is another extraordinary role from an actress [Theron] who has the beauty of a fashion model but has found resources within herself for these powerful roles about unglamorous women in the world of men.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
88
New York Post
A classic social drama in the proud tradition of "Norma Rae," "Silkwood" and "Erin Brockovich."
88
It infuriated me. It broke my heart. It convinced me that Caro, who's from New Zealand, is a strong, clear-voiced filmmaker
75
Entertainment Weekly
Might have been richer, tougher, more honestly liberal if it had revealed a few more shades of gray among the men.
75
Richard Jenkins gives the standout supporting performance, worthy of Oscar consideration, as Josey's father, a miner unable to conceal his anger at his daughter for having a child out of wedlock and, now, creating dissension at his workplace.
75
The milieu here is unforgiving, which makes fighting for basic rights important. You get a sense of why Bob Dylan -- who performs on this soundtrack -- wanted to bolt this frigid part of the map.
75
New York Daily News
North Country may be a simplistic account of a hard-won battle, but it will have audiences cheering.
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.
50
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.
40
Wall Street Journal
A long, slow slog through what could have been, and should have been, a more absorbing story.

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