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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A long, slow slog through what could have been, and should have been, a more absorbing story.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Might have been richer, tougher, more honestly liberal if it had revealed a few more shades of gray among the men.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Excellent, moving, but for mature audiences only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature drama begins with a woman leaving her husband after he has beaten her (beating is unseen, but her bloody, bruised face is visible). The movie includes tense family scenes, when the woman argues with her father (a miner who believes she should have stayed with her husband), and with her son (who eventually learns the identity of his father, a high school teacher who raped his mother when she was a student: this violent scene appears in flashback pieces, and might upset younger viewers). The film includes repeated scenes of harsh harassment of women workers at the mine: graffiti, rough language, semen left in a locker, a PortAJohn turned over with a woman inside, and one man assaults a woman, pressing her onto a pile of rocks and leaving her dirty and bruised. High school hockey games include some typical roughness. A woman develops Lou Gherig's disease and we see her deterioration.

  • Families can talk about the courage it takes for Josey to stand up to her employers and her coworkers, including men and women who just want to keep their jobs. She also faces condemnation from her miner father: how does their reconciliation begin when he sees her harassed by other men? How does Josey's relationship with her own kids change as she persists in her struggle for equal treatment on the job and in town?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The harassments at the job and in town are terrible; including assaults and a history of rape, but Josey maintains her dignity and courage.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Rape scene shown in flashback, violent physical abuse of women by at two men.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexy dancing in a saloon, rape scene shown in flashback.

  • language false5

    Language: Harsh, ugly language used against Josey and the other women ( and variations on the f-word); also "damn," "hell," and slang for genitals.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Repeated drinking and some smoking.