Top critical review
Good stuff, but no where near the power of the book.
on April 2, 2004
Solid movie. For fans of the book however, this picture does not come close to evoking the emotions felt in type. A much better job could have been done, not by the actors, but by the director, in capturing the sheer weight of the undertaking, and especially the expedition. I did not have the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment at the end that I did when reading.
The ending is true to the text, but glossy and rushed.
Uplifting, to be sure, but yet another example of missed opportunity in turning an incredible book into a so-so film.